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Hot Springs Police were called to 4216 Central Avenue/Southern Bancorp last week in reference to a suspect cashing forged checks.
The suspect, Charles Alsup, 24 of Gould, gave the teller a check for $2,300 and his Arkansas ID Card. When the teller contacted the owner of the account in order to verify the transaction, Mr. Alsup fled on foot. A civilian chased the suspect and caught him in front of a neighboring business there on Central Avenue. HSPD Officers arrived quickly and assisted the civilian by arresting Mr. Alsup.
The bank staff was promptly alerted by the Southern Bankcorp tellers at their Airport Road location by saying that Mr. Alsup had allegedly cashed another check for $2,300 at that location approximately 1 hour earlier in the day. HSPD Detective Hammond reviewed video footage from both banks and was able to determine that Mr. Alsup is the correct suspect for both of these cases.
During interrogation, Mr. Alsup allegedly admitted to knowing that the checks had been forged.
The victim was contacted. He stated that he did not know the suspect and that the suspect should not be cashing any checks on this account. The forged checks were fake and reprinted using the victim’s information.
Mr. Alsup was transported to the Garland County Detention Center and charged with Forgery 2nd Degree with a bond amount of $3,500.