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Police: Man arrested with counterfeit money at Target

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Tyriek Rahkel Satterwhite

Wilson Police said officers arrested a Wake County man with a large amount of counterfeit money after he tried to spend the counterfeit bills at Target.

Tyriek Rahkel Satterwhite, 25, of the 6500 block of Hodge Road, north of Wendell, is charged with two counts of forgery of an instrument and one count each of felony obtaining property by false pretenses, felony use of a forged instrument, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting a public officer, according to a release from Sgt. Eric McInerny, public information officer with the Wilson Police Department.

McInerny said officers responded to Target for a shoplifting call at 11:05 a.m. Monday.

“Communications indicated the suspect was inside the store attempting to purchase merchandise with counterfeit currency,” McInerny said. “Police officers arrived on scene as the suspect was leaving the business. Officers attempted to confront the suspect when he began running through the parking lot.

McInerny said officers arrested Satterwhite and placed him under arrest.

“During the arrest, officers found a handgun and a large amount of counterfeit currency concealed on Satterwhite,” McInerny said.

Satterwhite was initially denied bond and placed in the Wilson County Detention Center.

The defendant appeared before District Court Judge Pell Cooper at an arraignment Tuesday in Wilson County District Court.

The judge appointed local attorney John Sallenger to represent Satterwhite.

Satterwhite’s probable cause hearing was set for May 21.

Cooper set a $2,500 secured bond on the charges. Satterwhite was later released after posting bail.

McInerny said the case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.