Couple Passes Counterfeit Bills; Flees from Police
Fair Oaks Police District – On Monday, August 22, at approximately 4 p.m., a male and female entered the Wegmans grocery store located at 11620 Monument Drive in Fairfax. A Wegman’s Asset Protection Specialist called police when she recognized the subjects as having been in the store on a previous occasion and passing suspected counterfeit U.S. currency. On Monday, August 22, the subjects again passed suspected counterfeit U.S. currency to purchase items and then left the store. They were seen driving away in a green, 2004 Jaguar sedan.
Responding officers located the Jaguar, traveling on Government Center Parkway and attempted to stop it. The driver of the Jaguar did not yield to the officer’s signal to stop and continued to travel onto Monument Drive. They attempted to elude the officer by driving over medians, driving on the wrong side of the road, and disregarding numerous traffic signals. The Jaguar continued through Fair Oaks Mall on to Lee Jackson Memorial Highway where officers attempted to box it in and it struck a police cruiser. The Jaguar continued on to the entrance ramp to Interstate 66 where a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) was utilized. The Jaguar was stopped and the driver, 29-year-old Ricco Darnell Taylor, of Washington, D.C. was taken into custody. He was charged with felony speed to elude, assault on law enforcement, felony child endangerment, and driving on a suspended driver’s license.
A 24-year-old, pregnant female and her 2-year-old were also located in the vehicle. The female was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The toddler was not injured.
The alleged uttering of counterfeit U.S. currency is actively being investigated by our Major Crimes Division, Financial Crimes Unit and the United State Secret Service and further charges are possible.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.