Mom pleads for armed robbery suspect to turn himself into police

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EWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Edwardsville Police warned an armed man wanted for robberies is on the run and he's dangerous. The mother of 45-year-old Richard W. Edwards pleaded for him to give up.  Sarah Edwards said, "Richard has had a really hard life he's been in trouble many times, usually it's been because of drugs."

Mark Boyer manages a Shell Service station in Edwardsville.  Police said Edwards robbed the station Sunday.  Boyer said, "He came in and pulled a knife on my employee."

Two days before Edwards is charged with robbing this bank only a few blocks away.

After surveillance photos from the bank were released police got a tip from a person who told detectives the suspect was indeed Edwards.  Lt. Charles Kohlberg said the public can be a great help in catching criminals, "We absolutely depend on the public assistance in a case like this. We try to get the photos out as quickly as we can if they can point us to potential suspects. We want to get those people off the streets right away."

Another person who witnessed the service station theft got a description of the car and license plate.  They matched a vehicle owned by an Edwards’s family member.  Boyer added, "Felt violated, very angry for somebody coming in and taking what we work hard for."

Lt. Kohlberg said, "Based on Mr. Edwards recent history I would consider him dangerous to the public I would not approach Mr. Edwards."

Sarah Edwards made this plea to her son, "Would you please call me and turn yourself in and do the right the thing and please don't' do anything to yourself or anybody else?"

She said her son has never been violent with family members.