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Arrests Made Following Dubuque Forgery Case

Date: 07/10/19
Contacts: Lieutenant Joe Messerich, (563) 589-4473
                  Assistant Chief Jeremy Jensen, (563) 589-4444

On July 10, 2019, at approximately 1:48 PM, officers were dispatched to Kohl’s, 2595 N.W. Arterial, for a subject attempting to pass a fake $100 bill. A plainclothes officer attempted to make contact with the suspect in the parking lot as he entered a vehicle.  The suspect and two others then fled in the vehicle from the parking lot, driving recklessly onto the N.W. Arterial and then onto Dodge St. Traffic cameras were used to follow the suspects as they drove recklessly and dangerously eastbound on Dodge St. An officer successfully deployed Stop Sticks near Grandview Ave, which caused the vehicle to stop near Dodge and Locust St. The three subjects then fled into the wooded area on the south side of Dodge St. All three were apprehended a short time later without incident.

The suspects and their corresponding charges are as follows:

  • Willie J. Cokely, age 38, Milwaukee, WI was charged with Interference with Official Acts, Reckless Driving and numerous traffic violations.
  • Khiry J. Wade, age 22, Milwaukee, WI was charged with Interference with Official Acts.
  • Oari J. Chatman, age 19, Milwaukee, WI was charged with Forgery and Interference with Official Acts.

As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and any suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.

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