3 armed men rob Fairview Heights restaurant, lead police on chase

News-DemocratAugust 2, 2013 

Three men were taken into custody after a Thursday night armed robbery at a Fairview Heights restaurant and a pursuit through downtown St. Louis.

Police received a report of an armed robbery at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chili's Restaurant on Illinois 159, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr.

The report stated that three men entered the restaurant, two displaying handguns. The suspects ordered employees to the back of the store and demanded cash from the safe, Dye said. After the employees complied, the men left the store in a silver Chrysler with Missouri plates.

An Illinois State Police Trooper spotted the vehicle headed west on Interstate 64 near the Martin Luther King Bridge. A Fairview Heights officer also joined the pursuit.

After crossing the river, Dye said the suspects turned down several side streets in St. Louis, eventually abandoning the car at the intersection of Gamble and Glasgow.

One suspect was taken into custody by the trooper. St. Louis Police captured two others. Two handguns and an undetermined amount of cash were recovered from the car, according to Dye.

Fairview Heights Police continue to investigate.

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