EDWARDSVILLE — A Madison couple is facing felony robbery charges after police say they woke up a driver in his tractor-trailer truck, threatened him with a knife and attacked him.
Darline Coleman, 44; and Leroy Pryor, 49, both of the 1400 block of Fifth Street, were charged Monday in Madison County Circuit Court. Police said they are engaged.
According to a Madison County Sheriff’s Department press release, at approximately 2:10 a.m. Monday, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 3200 block of West Chain of Rocks Road in rural Granite City.
Deputies met with victim, who told them he was just robbed by an unknown black man and woman. He told deputies he was asleep in his semi-truck tractor and awoken by an unknown person knocking on the door. The victim reportedly opened his door and the suspects entered the cab of the vehicle demanding money. The victim refused to provide the suspects with money. The male suspect threatened to cut the victim with a knife, which the female suspect was armed with, if he didn’t give them his money. The victim again refused to give the suspects his money and was physically attacked by the suspects. Ultimately the victim gave the suspects money and they fled in a maroon Ford minivan.
An Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network broadcast was released to local law enforcement, describing the acts, the suspects and their vehicle. At approximately 4:30 a.m. a Madison police officer stopped the suspect vehicle, which was occupied by two subjects who matched the description of the suspects. The two occupants were identified as Leroy Pryor and Darline Coleman. Pryor and Coleman were taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail, where they were held pending further investigative efforts and a formal presentation of facts to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The warrant and information on both defendants was signed by Judge Richard Tognarelli, who set bond at $300,000 on Coleman and $200,000 on Pryor. Coleman, who was actually armed with a knife during the event, was charged with armed robbery. Pryor was charged with aggravated robbery for threatening to use a dangerous weapon during the course of the robbery. The victim was not seriously injured but suffered minor cuts and abrasions during the attack.
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