EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons has filed charges against a 27-year-old man in connection with a series of armed robberies last month in Granite City.
Ryan L. Eastling, who has no listed address, was charged Wednesday with three counts of armed robbery, a Class X felony. At approximately 1:40 a.m. June 14, officials say Eastling robbed the first of his three victims, a male who had arrived home and was sitting in his car. Within the next 90 minutes, there were two additional armed robberies in the area, all involving individuals who were in their vehicles. Officials say Eastling used a Haskell .45-caliber handgun in all of the robberies.
As police investigated the robberies, a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle, a brown Suburban, was reported on Washington Avenue in Granite City. It fled from police, driving into neighboring Madison, where it crashed into a building. The suspect, Eastling, fled the scene. Upon further investigation by officers with the Granite City Police Department, it was determined that the Suburban had been reported stolen during a recent carjacking in St. Louis city and that Eastling was a suspect in a number of other incidents in the area. Eastling was in a hospital being treated for injuries that were potentially sustained during the multiple robberies he is accused of committing in the metropolitan area. Charges are expected in the St. Louis cases.
Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office spokesperson Stephanee Smith said Wednesday afternoon she was not sure if Eastling had been released from the hospital.
Bond was set at $150,000 for each of the armed robbery charges by Associate Judge Neil Schroeder. If convicted, the maximum penalty for a Class X felony is six to 30 years in prison.
“We are fortunate that no one was seriously injured during this man’s crime spree,” said Gibbons, who thanked police officers from Granite City and St. Louis city for their work in quickly solving the crimes. “We need our citizens to feel safe in their homes as well as their vehicles.”
These charges, as well as the statements made herein, are based upon probable cause. The defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.