A Jerseyville man was charged today in Madison County Circuit Court with felony charges of aggravated battery and armed robbery, Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz said in press release.
The man is identified as Joshua H. Davis, 35, of the 20000 block of Highway 109.
At about 8:40 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed robbery at Mehlville Dairy, 2904 W. Delmar Ave., Godfrey. Deputies determined an unknown white man entered the business wearing dark clothing and a face mask. The suspect got a fountain drink and approached the counter, as if he was going to pay for the drink. As the attendant opened the cash drawer, the suspect withdrew a handgun from under his clothing and pointed it at the attendant. The attendant fell backward as the suspect reached over the counter and removed an undisclosed amount of money from the open cash drawer.
As the suspect was removing the currency, a 61-year-old female patron grabbed the suspect in an attempt to deter the robbery. The robbery suspect grabbed the female patron and threw her to the floor. The suspect fled the building with the firearm and currency, running to a nearby vehicle. Patrons chased after the suspect, following him as he drove away from the scene. Deputies were provided with the registration number on the suspect’s vehicle. An Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network broadcast was provided to area law enforcement agencies, requesting assistance in locating the suspect. The suspect and his vehicle were subsequently located by a police officer in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo. The suspect was taken into custody and identified as Joshua H. Davis.
Davis was subsequently transferred to the St. Louis County Jail in Clayton, Mo., where he was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The felony warrant and information was signed by the Honorable Judge Richard Tognarelli, who set bond at $250,000. The 61-year-old woman patron was not seriously injured during the incident.