Bartonville man robbed at gunpoint in his car

By WEEK Producer

Bartonville man robbed at gunpoint in his car

December 17, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria police are looking for suspects after a Bartonville man was robbed at gunpoint in his vehicle.

Robert Simpson, 39, told police that he was driving in the area of University and Lake on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. while waiting for his wife to get off work at Aldis on University.

According to police reports, the victim said that a black male allegedly entered his vehicle through the passenger side door, pointed a gun at him and told him that he was being robbed.

The victim said the suspect ordered him to drive and demanded money. The suspect got in the back seat of the vehicle and continued to point the weapon at Simpson.

Simpson said he gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash from the center console.

Eventually, the suspect tried to get into the front seat again and slipped. The victim said he saw a chance to escape and threw hot coffee on the suspect. The suspect fled in the area of Cornhill and Madison and the victim sped away from the scene and called 911.

There are no suspects in this robbery.