EDWARDSVILLE — Three Alton residents were charged Thursday in a series of robberies.
Jarrett A. Wright, 16, of the 2400 block of Mills Avenue; Willie T. Brooks, 17, of the 500 block of Cherry Street; and Soloman L. Hubbard, 24, of the 1200 block of Hampton Street, each were charged in Madison County Circuit Court with multiple counts of felony armed robbery.
According to a Madison County Sheriff’s Office press release, deputies responded Nov. 5 to Casey’s General Store, 6301 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, in reference to an armed robbery. Deputies met with the store’s clerks and determined two men robbed the business at gunpoint.
The robbery was captured on the store’s video surveillance system. The suspects entered the business at approximately 10:34 p.m Both suspects were wearing dark clothes and ski masks. One suspect was armed with a black handgun, which he pointed at the clerks. The suspects demanded money and forced one clerk to the ground, while ordering the second to retrieve the store’s money. After taking the money, which included a large amount of rolled change, the suspects fled the store on foot, in what is believed to be a northern direction.
Both suspects were described as younger black males (possibly teenagers or early twenties), short, with thin builds. Surveillance images of both suspects captured during the robbery were distributed to the public. Sheriff’s Office officials were previously briefed by the Alton Police Department on four similar robberies in Alton. A joint investigation was conducted, which developed information that led investigators to the suspects.
A search warrant for Brooks’ residence was issued and executed Tuesday morning. Brooks and Wright were located in the home, and evidence associated with the investigation was seized. Both defendants were held pending further investigation and a formal presentation of facts to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. Hubbard was located by Alton police on Wednesday evening and taken into custody in connection with the investigation.
Formal charges were issued by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office Thursday against the suspects for their alleged involvement in the robberies. Judge Neil Schroeder issued the warrants, setting bond on Wright and Hubbard at $500,000 and bond on Brooks at $250,000. Hubbard was also charged with one felony charge of unlawful possession of weapons by a felon, in connection with the investigation.
There were a total of five armed robberies linked to Wright and Hubbard. Evidence was developed during the investigation linking Brooks to two of the armed robberies. The group targeted the Upper Alton Walgreens and CVS, the Alton Casey’s General Store on Washington Ave, and the Godfrey Casey’s General Store on Godfrey Road. In each robbery, a gun was displayed and money was demanded.
Anyone having information related to the investigation is being asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office or the Alton Police Department at the following numbers:
(618) 463-3505 (Alton Police Department)
(618) 692-4433 (Madison County Sheriff’s Office)
(618) 296-3000 (Madison County Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tip Line)