Having your car break down is never enjoyable. The experience becomes even more trying if the breakdown occurs at night and you are robbed while walking to find help. A recent robbery in Belleville combined all of these elements.
A man was driving east on Illinois Route 15/13 at about 2:00 A.M. when his car malfunctioned. He began to walk east along the highway when he was passed by a Mustang. The Mustang pulled in front of him and stopped. According to the statement given to police, the male passenger in the vehicle jumped out and walked back to the pedestrian. The man from the Mustang allegedly held a gun to the other man’s head and demanded his property. The pedestrian did not object and turned over his wallet, car keys and cell phone. The man then jumped into the Mustang, and the car sped away.
The pedestrian was able to flag down a Belleville patrol officer and he related his account of the robbery. Another Belleville patrol car in the area was able to locate the two suspects in the Mustang. They were stopped and arrested without any problem. The man who allegedly used the gun to rob the victim was charged with armed robbery. The other man in the Mustang was also charged with armed robbery. Both men are being held on $100,000 bail.
Anyone facing charges similar to the ones in this case may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for advice on the law and evidence that will govern the case. A knowledgeable defense attorney can also suggest defensive strategies and provide advice on the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement.