WOOD RIVER — Two suspects were charged Friday in an armed robbery in which a handgun discharged, police said.
In a press release, Deputy Chief Dan Bunt said at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, police received a 911 call from a resident in the 100 block of Park Avenue advising a man on his front porch was bleeding from the head and requesting assistance.
Responding officers determined the injured man was the victim of an armed robbery. The victim stated he was in a vehicle with a female acquaintance parked behind the Thompson Street apartments when two black men wearing dark hoodies approached him. Both suspects were reportedly armed with handguns. The victim was ordered to give up his property and to get out of the car. As the victim exited the passenger door, one of the suspects hit him on the head with his gun. Upon hitting the victim in the head, the handgun discharged. The victim ran from the scene to seek help.
The victim was treated at the scene by Wood River firefighter-paramedics and later transported to Alton Memorial Hospital.
The investigation quickly led officers to believe the victim was set up by the female.
At approximately 12:11 a.m. Thursday, a detective was transporting the victim to the area of where the armed robbery occurred when he spotted the female suspect in the passenger seat of a silver Jeep. Patrol officers were notified and converged on the area. After a short pursuit of the vehicle, two suspects were taken into custody and one handgun was recovered inside the Jeep.
Search warrants were obtained and executed. Evidence from the search warrants led to charges of two suspects on Friday. The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Jaron D. Petty, 20, of the 200 block of Rand Drive, Ferguson, Mo.; and Mariah N. Allen, 18, of Wood River with armed robbery, Class X felonies. Petty’s charge of armed robbery was enhanced because a shot was fired during the crime. Petty was also charged with aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer. Bond on both suspects was set at $100,000. Both were transported to the Madison County Jail on Friday afternoon.
“I would like to commend the job of the patrol officers and detectives in this case for their quick action and great police work,” Bunt said. “In addition, we would like to thank the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, who worked with our detectives in obtaining the search warrants and advice in the case.”
The investigation to identify the second male suspect is ongoing.