Dunnell, Minnesota Man Arrested On Multiple Charges In Two State Counterfeiting Operation

Fri 3-6-2020

(Estherville)-- A Dunnell, Minnesota man has been arrested on multiple charges in Minnesota and Iowa stemming from a counterfeiting operation.

Estherville police say they received a call February 28th from the owner of a hardware store in that community who found a counterfeit 100 dollar bill in a cash register. The owner asked a nearby cashier about the bill when the suspect returned to use another fake bill. The store owner followed the suspect out of the store and called police. The suspect fled and was last seen in the Dolliver area. Police arrived at the store and viewed surveillance video. That information was then relayed to officers looking for the suspect. Deputies in Martin county, Minnesota were notified that the suspect was believed to be headed into that area.

A Martin county was able to identify the suspect, 39-year-old Erik Godwin of Dunnell. Authorities then learned Godwin was believed to be at a residence in Fairmont, where he was captured while trying to flee an apartment building. Godwin was taken into custody and was found to be in possession of additional counterfeit $100 bills.

In Minnesota Godwin was charged with possession of counterfeit money, possession of marijuana, driving after suspension, fleeing a police officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In Iowa Godwin was charged in connection with five outstanding warrants from Emmet county along with two counts of forgery, four counts of failure to obey a traffic control device, driving while suspended, excessive speed, reckless driving, unsafe passing and ongoing criminal conduct.