Two suspects have been charged with Armed Robbery by the Madison County States Attorney. 20-year-old Jaron D. Petty of the 200 block of Rand Dr. in Ferguson Missouri and 18-year-old Mariah N. Allen of the 100 block of Thompson in Wood River have been charged with armed robbery after a 911 call reporting a bleeding victim in Wood River. Petty was also charged with Aggravated Fleeing and Attempting to Elude A Police Officer. Bond was set for both suspects at $100,000.
The victim stated he was parked behind the Thompson Street apartments with a female acquaintance, when two black males, reportedly armed with handguns, approached the vehicle. The victim was ordered out of the car, and was hit on the head with the gun by one of the suspects. The handgun was discharged during the blow to the head. Investigators believe the victim was set-up by the female.
On Thursday authorities spotted the female suspect in a silver jeep, and after a short pursuit, two suspects were taken into custody and a handgun was recovered from inside the vehicle. The Investigation to identify the second male suspect is ongoing.