POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Police are looking for 3 fugitives including an Alabama man considered "armed and dangerous."
Police say it all stems from an investigation of people passing counterfeit bills.
Darius Lankford, 28, of Huntsville, Ala. fled to Alabama to escape prosecution on other charges, and made statements that he will not be arrested, police said.
Lankford is reportedly armed with a pistol and should be considered dangerous, according to Poplar Bluff Police Lt. David Sutton.
Police say other persons wanted and involved in printing and passing the counterfeit bills are:
- Jessica Gross, 25, of Poplar Bluff
- Terry Hester, 27, of Poplar Bluff
- Darius Lankford, 28, of Huntsville, Alabama
The investigation started when complaints were coming from Poplar Bluff area merchants to police about the passing of counterfeit $10, $20 and $50 bills.
The suspects and vehicles description, and still images captured from store surveillance video were given to local police. Chief of Police Danny Whiteley contacted the United States Secret Service for assistance with the matter.
During a interview of Brynet Trice, 19, of Poplar Bluff, police say 3 of her co-planners came to her apartment building and fled after seeing the investigators.
The area was searched and Darius Robinson, 22, of Huntsville Alabama was arrested after he swam across Black River in an effort to escape. At the time of his arrest, Robinson had 6 counterfeit $20 bills, Sutton said.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the 3 remaining fugitives, or with information which might further this investigation, is asked to contact local police or their sheriff's office.