BLOOMINGTON — A 20-year-old Normal man and a Bloomington teenager were arrested Friday in connection with the attempted holdup of a Downs gas station last month, McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage announced.

Joseph D. Matthews was charged Saturday with attempted armed robbery with a firearm. The juvenile faced a preliminary charge of attempted armed robbery; his status was unclear Saturday.

Matthews was jailed in lieu of $250,035. Court documents indicate the juvenile told authorities he went into the gas station with the gun and that Matthews stayed in the car.

Sheriff's deputies were called at 9:53 p.m. Jan. 20 to the Mobil gas station at 405 S. Seminary St. in Downs. A male produced a firearm and demanded money but fled the scene before obtaining anything of value, police said.

A sheriff's deputy pursued a vehicle believed to be fleeing the scene but broke off because of dangerous road conditions, police said. It was described as a late 1990s or early 2000s white Ford Explorer.

On Tuesday, the suspect vehicle was sighted again in Normal and pulled over at 11:37 p.m. by sheriff's police with assistance from Normal police department.

After a subsequent investigation, the 17-year-old boy was arrested and transported to the McLean County Juvenile Detention Center, Normal, to await a detention hearing. The man was taken to the McLean County jail to await a bond hearing.

The names of suspects charged as juveniles are not public record.

The investigation is continuing with more arrests possible, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Evan Henkel at 309-888-5049.

Photos: 2018-19 McLean County jail mugshots

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Contact Roger Miller at (309) 820-3233. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_rmiller


Public Safety Reporter

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