Armed robber apologizes to victims

DeWayne Bartels

An Edwards man and a Dunlap woman robbed at gunpoint last month said the suspect apologized for his actions.

The most recent incident involved an Edwards man. The victim, 26, reported an armed robbery at 5:09 p.m. Oct. 27 at 2215 W. Willow Knolls. The victim, a cab driver, said he was dispatched to the apartment complex and told his fare was outside Building D at the rear of the complex, near a line of trees.

After waiting about three minutes, the victim said a man came out from between parked cars pointing a gun at him.

The victim described the suspect as a white male wearing a black ski mask. He said the man was about 6 feet 2 inches tall. The victim said he gave the man about $40. He said the suspect asked him if he had any jewlery.

The victim said the robber then told him he is not usually like this. The victim said the man then apologized and said he was “hurting.”

The police report indicated this incident was similar to another report Oct. 25 at the Wal-Mart on Allen Road.

In that instance, a Dunlap woman, 41, was forced at gunpoint to drive to an ATM to withdraw money in North Peoria.

The suspect had the victim drop him off close to the Huck’s station at Allen and Willow Knolls. He apologized to her for his actions.