WOOD RIVER, IL (KTVI) – The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged a 26-year-old Wood River, Illinois man Wednesday afternoon for allegedly planning to rob women in a local Walmart parking lot.
According to Deputy Chief Daniel Bunt, Wood River Police Department, witnesses called police around 5:50 p.m. to report seeing a man with a gun in the Walmart parking lot on Welsey Drive. The witnesses said they watched the man approach a woman at her vehicle. When the man noticed he was being watched, he fled the area.
Officers located the suspect’s vehicle on Route 111 at Harrison and conducted a traffic stop. A female driver and male passenger were detained.
Police searched the vehicle but could not find a weapon, Bunt said. However, a K-9 unit located the gun in a grassy median near the location of the traffic stop. The weapon was identified as an Airsoft pistol. Witnesses confirmed this was the weapon they saw at the Walmart parking lot.
Both the man and female driver were taken into custody for questioning. Detectives learned the man, identified as Ross Meredith, planned on a taking a female victim at gunpoint to an ATM to withdraw money.
Meredith was charged with one count of attempted armed robbery and remains jailed on a $100,000 bond. The woman who was with Meredith in the vehicle was not charged.