Law enforcement officials in Madison County believe they have the suspect they've been seeking in connection with a string of armed robberies in Granite City.  27-year-old Ryan Eastling allegedly wound up in the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in one of the robberies he is accused of.

On June 14th, investigators say Eastling committed a crime spree that involved robbing at least three people at gunpoint within 90-minuites.  In each case, the victims were held-up as they sat in their cars.  Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons tells The Big Z it is a relief to have Eastling off the streets.

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Police say Eastling led police on a car chase after one of the crimes, fleeing on foot after crashing the car into a building in Madison.  The car had been reported stolen from St. Louis, so more charges against him are expected there, and Gibbons says he may also face federal charges.


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