For Immediate Release: 7/7/2017 11:05 pm
Worcester, MA (July 7, 2017) – On Friday, July 7, 2017 at approximately 2:10 PM, Worcester Police responded to Commerce Bank, located at 993 Grafton Street for a report of a female attempting to cash a fake check. Upon the officers arrival they observed a female walking out of the bank followed by one of the bank employees. The employee pointed to the female as the officers exited their vehicles. The officer asked the female to stop which she did at first. The officer explained to the female why they were there and asked her if she would come back inside the bank to discuss the matter with bank employees. The female pulled away from the officer and began to run away.
Two officers gave chase to the female and ended up in the AutoZone parking lot. Once in the lot the female attempted to enter a black Honda Accord. The female opened the rear passenger door. Officers could see that a male was sitting in the rear seat. Officers caught up to the female and grabbed onto her. At this time the Honda drove off. After a brief physical struggle the female was placed in handcuffs. The female was identified as Arianna Gonsalves, 22-years-old of 9 Whitman Street, Dorchester.
The officers were able to call out the vehicle description and the registration plate prior to it driving out of the parking lot. The vehicle was last seen traveling west on Grafton Street. A few moments later another officer nearby spotted the Honda and signaled it to stop by 725 Grafton Street. Officers approached the vehicle and discovered that only the driver was in the vehicle. The back seat male passenger had exited the vehicle somewhere prior to being stopped.
The operator of the Honda was identified as Marianne Guerrero, 22-years-old of 16 Ormand Street, Mattapan.
Officers spoke with bank employees. The officers were told that Ms. Gonsalves entered their bank and attempted to cash a fake check that belonged to a business in Boston. The bank was aware that a short time prior to this incident Ms. Guerrero did cash a fake check at another Commerce Bank located at Gold Star Blvd. Bank employees were made aware to be on the lookout for these checks as it had just been discovered that 5 individuals in all attempted to cash the same checks in Worcester, Milford, Westboro and Boston.
Ms. Gonsalves and Ms. Guerrero were both placed under arrest and charged with Attempting to Commit a Crime, Larceny over the Value of $250.00, Larceny by Check, Forgery, Uttering a Forged Instrument, and Possession of a Counterfeit Check. Ms. Gonsalves was additionally charged with Resisting Arrest. Both suspects will be arraigned on Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Worcester County District Courthouse.
Investigators are working with other detectives from the above mentioned city and towns. Additional charges may be pending as the investigation progresses.