SOUTHINGTON — A Meriden man and a Middletown man face charges after police said they were found in possession of multiple counterfeit bills following a dispute with staff at a downtown restaurant and bar.
Daron Cochrane, 29 of Meriden, was charged Thursday with first-degree forgery, interfering with an officer, second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal trespass.
Jordyn Marineau, 28, of Middletown, was charged with first-degree forgery, second-degree breach of peace, and third-degree criminal trespass.
Cochrane was held on $10,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court Friday. Marineau was released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on July 23.
Cochrane and Marineau became involved in a dispute with management at 75 Center after they reportedly attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill, Lt. Stephen Elliott said in a statement. When staff told the pair the bill was counterfeit, Cochrane and Marineau paid with other cash and were told they were no longer welcome at the business. Cochrane and Marineau then became confrontational with staff, who called police.
Elliott said management turned the counterfeit bill over to police. While investigating, authorities found Cochrane and Marineau in possession of three additional counterfeit $100 bills.
While being taken into custody, Cochrane resisted arrest, Elliott said.