Man charged with attempted armed robbery after holding up woman with air-soft gun

WOOD RIVER, ILL. - A man that police said held up a woman at gunpoint with an air-soft gun is now in custody and facing armed robbery charges.

According to a press release from the Wood River Police Department, Ross Meredith, a 26-year-old Wood River Resident, was taken into custody Tuesday evening after flashing the pistol look-alike and attempting to force a woman to drive to an ATM to withdraw money.

At 5:50 Tuesday evening, witnesses told police they saw Meredith approach a woman in her car on the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on the 600 block of Wesley Drive. When he noticed the people watching, he flashed the gun and fled the scene.

Police eventually tracked down the car that witnesses described, and took Meredith and a woman who was driving the car into custody. During interviews, police found Meredith was forcing the woman to drive to an ATM to withdraw money. They found the aid-soft gun in the median, and later confirmed it was Meredith's.

He was charged with one count of attempted robbery, and will be held on a $100,000 bond. He was also wanted on a probation violation warrant.


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