3 suspects in custody after attempt to rob Metro-East restaurant with fake weapons


by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com


Posted on August 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 3 at 5:43 PM

(KMOV.com) -- St. Clair County Police arrested and charged three suspects in connection to a robbery at a restaurant in Fairview Heights Thursday.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office issued charges against Christopher Ford, Daniel Amerson and Terry Scott for allegedly committing armed robbery of Chili’s Restaurant in Fairview Heights. The suspects were charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated robbery.

Fairview Heights Police said they responded to an armed robbery at the Chili’s in the 6300 block of North Illinois Street around 9:25 p.m. Thursday.

When officers arrived on scene, they learned three suspects had entered the restaurant armed with handguns and wearing masks. Police said upon entering, one armed suspect forced several employees to an office where an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

Police said at the same time, the second armed suspect confronted customers in the bar area, police reported almost 20 people, who ran from the suspects to the parking lot.

Officers then reported the three suspects left the restaurant through a side door where witnesses told police the suspects fled the scene.

Officers said a description of the suspect’s vehicle was given by witnesses who also said the suspects threatened them with handguns as they fled the restaurant.

Illinois State Police spotted the suspects’ vehicle traveling Westbound on I-64 near East St. Louis. The officer made an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle fled into Missouri.

Police said the suspects were tracked into St. Louis where they abandoned their vehicle on Gamble and attempted to flee on foot.

All three suspects were taken into custody where police recovered evidence including two BB pistols, looking like replicas of authentic firearms, according to police.

Police reported no one was hurt at the restaurant.

All three suspects are being held in jail on a $1 million bond.