Two suspects who "were getting more and more bold" in their crimes sped with police on their tail from Pekin to Peoria early this morning, then arrested for allegedly stabbing a man and robbing a Pekin gas station.
The two — Cody Talley of Pekin and Daryl McGowan of Peoria, both 18 — are also suspected of robbing another Pekin station and one each in East Peoria and Creve Coeur as recently as Tuesday morning, said Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson.
They allegedly stabbed a man in the chest at his Herman Street apartment shortly before 4 a.m., then at knifepoint robbed Pekin Gas at 1401 Broadway Road before their car was spotted heading north on Illinois Route 29.
With officers from several departments in pursuit, they raced on Interstate 474 into Peoria's south side, where their car broke down and they were arrested after a short foot chase, Nelson said.
"They were getting more and more bold" in their station robberies, Nelson said. "We're glad we got them."
The stabbing victim's wound did not appear life threatening, he said.
East Peoria police Detective Sgt. Brian Despines said the two suspects were arrested by East Peoria police on charges of armed robbery Thursday morning.
Despines said the two men are suspected of an armed robbery at Huck's gas station, 101 Farmdale Road, in East Peoria in the early morning hours of Oct. 9.
One clerk was working at the time of the robbery. Despines said the suspects entered the store wearing dark clothing with their faces covered. They were armed with large knives. They allegedly ordered the female clerk to give them the money from the cash register, which amounted to about $60. They also stole about 18 cartons of cigarettes and single packs of cigarettes, Despines said.
East Peoria police arrived on scene within two minutes, Despines said, but the suspects had fled in a vehicle.
He added that the Huck's robbery was the third in a series, with the Pekin and Creve Coeur robberies occurring before the one in East Peoria.
After the home invasion and the second robbery in Pekin, police chased the suspects in their vehicle to Peoria. The suspects abandoned their vehicle and were later caught on foot near Stanley Street in Peoria.
-- Reporter Jeanette Kendall contributed to this story.