Westerly man charged after counterfeit $100 bill found during assault investigation

Westerly man charged after counterfeit $100 bill found during assault investigation

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STONINGTON — A 21-year-old Westerly man is facing forgery and other charges after an investigation into an assault complaint at the Elm Tree Inn last week led officers to find he was in possession of counterfeit currency.

Oakley Drew Therrien, of 9 Woodlund Ave., Westerly, was charged on Thursday with first-degree forgery, third-degree assault and breach of peace. Police said he was charged and released on a $100 bond.

Stonington officers were called to the Elm Tree Inn, 98 W. Broad St., around 3:30 p.m. Thursday after receiving reports from a resident that an assault had just taken place in their room. Officers were able to connect Therrien to the assault by using surveillance cameras on site. The victim, who was not identified, was known to Therrien and did not suffer any serious injuries, police said.

Lt. Todd Olson, spokesman for the Stonington Police Department, said officers found a counterfeit $100 bill while processing his belongings during booking, leading to the additional charge.

Olson said Monday that the incident is considered to be isolated and only one fake bill was discovered. There have not been any trends or other recent criminal complaints related to counterfeit bills and there is no concern of any larger issue at this time, Olson said.

Therrien is scheduled to appear for arraignment on Sept. 20 in New London Superior Court.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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