Illinois couple charged with robbing semi-truck driver at knifepoint


Leroy Pryor and Darline Coleman.

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged a couple from Madison, Illinois for allegedly robbing a tractor trailer driver at knifepoint early Monday morning.

According to Captain T. Mike Dixon, a spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened at approximately 2:10 a.m. in the 3200 block of W. Chain of Rocks Road in rural Granite City.

The victim told deputies he was asleep in the cab of his semi-truck when he was awakened by somebody knocking on his cab door. When the victim opened the door, a man and woman stormed inside the cab and demanded money.

The semi-truck driver refused to hand over any money, at which point the male suspect said he’d cut the victim with a knife, which the female suspect was armed with. Again, the victim refused; the suspects then attacked the driver.

Dixon said the truck driver eventually gave the suspects money and they fled the scene in a maroon Ford minivan.

Around 4:30 a.m., a Madison police officer spotted that vehicle and pulled the pair over. The suspects, identified as 44-year-old Darline Coleman and 49-year-old Leroy Pryor, were taken into custody.

Coleman was charged with armed robbery and Pryor charged with aggravated robbery. They remain jailed on $300,000 and $200,000 bonds, respectively.

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