Running out of gas while you're in your car can be really stressful -- but for one man driving in Madison County this week, his car problems turned out to be the least of his troubles.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office says that this past Saturday at around 9 p.m. his car ran out of fuel on Clover Street in Moro, Illinois. He then walked home to get gas, and when he returned, three male teenagers allegedly approached him from a passing vehicle.
Cops say they started cursing at him for blocking part of the road.
Then, one of them decided to attack him until he was unconscious.
Cops have identified the suspects as Richard Burch, eighteen, of East Alton; Reese Meier, eighteen of Bethalto; and Kenneth Rice Jr., nineteen, of Cottage Hills.
At least one of them reportedly attacked the victim, punching him multiple times until he passed out.
Once he began to wake up, one of the men was pulling his wallet out of his pants pocket.
The victim tried to fight back, but "was overpowered," police say.
The suspects fled the area after snagging his wallet.
The victim suffered swelling, bruises and cuts.
Investigators eventually linked the crime to three men and yesterday presented the case to the state's attorney's office. Felony warrants were issued for Meier and Burch, whose bonds were set at $80,000. The two are currently being held in the Madison County jail.
Rice is still at large, and his bond was set at at $100,000.
Individuals with tips can call 618-692-4433 (the dispatch center), 618-296-3000 (the anonymous tip line), or 618-692-0871 (investigations).
Here's the full alert from Madison County:
The following individuals were charged today in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of ROBBERY:
RICHARD A. BURCH MALE AGE: 18 437 CALIFORNIA AVENUE EAST ALTON, ILLINOIS
REESE L. MEIER MALE AGE: 18 623 S. NEUNABER DRIVE BETHALTO, ILLINOIS
KENNETH L. RICE JR. MALE AGE: 19 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS 1425 5TH STREET COTTAGE HILLS, ILLINOIS
On Saturday, June 1, 2013, at approximately 8:48 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff's Office responded to the 100 block of Clover Street, Moro, Illinois, in reference to a reported robbery. The victim told deputies that he was just robbed, by at least two subjects, near the intersection of N. Neunaber and Clover Street, Moro, Illinois. The victim told deputies his vehicle ran out of gas on N. Neunaber, near Clover Street. The victim walked to his home and retrieved fuel. Upon returning to his vehicle the victim was approached by a group of subjects in a passing vehicle.
The victim told deputies the occupants of the vehicle began cursing at him for being in the middle of the road. The victim said at least one of the occupants exited the vehicle and physically attacked him. The subject reportedly punched the victim three times, knocking him unconscious. As the victim was regaining consciousness an occupant of the vehicle was pulling his wallet out of his pants pocket. The victim struggled with the subject but was overpowered. The suspects fled the area after stealing the victim's wallet. The victim was not seriously injured during the attack, but did suffer swelling, bruising, and cuts to his face from the attack.
Investigators developed information and evidence linking Kenneth Rice Jr., Reese Meier, and Richard Burch to the incident. The investigation was presented to the Madison County State's Attorney's Office on today's date. The felony warrants and informations were issued by the Honorable Judge James Hackett, who set Meier and Burch's bond at $80,000.00. Rice's bond was set at $100,000.00.
Investigators located Meier and Burch, who are being held in the Madison County Jail in lieu of bond. Kenneth L. Rice Jr. is currently wanted and being sought by investigators. Anyone having information related to this incident, or the whereabouts of Kenneth L. Rice Jr. is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff's Office at the following numbers:
618-692-4433 (Dispatch Center) 618-296-3000 (Anonymous Tip Line) 618-692-0871 (Investigations)
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