1 in custody/1 sought for armed home invasion

audrey ross & willie simpson

COLES COUNTY — One person is in police custody while authorities search for a second reportedly involved in a home invasion.

Tuesday, 21-year old Audrey Ross, of Springfield, was arrested in Springfield. She’s charged with home invasion, armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm.

Police say about 6:15 pm, Sunday, Ross and Willie Simpson, forced their way into a home in the 1000-block of North 12th Street, in Mattoon.

The pair allegedly robbed the resident and hit him with a firearm. The victim and his dog were both also shot during the assault. Both the victim and his pet are recovering.

Ross is being held on $250,000 bond. Simpson, 22, also of Springfield, is being sought on the same charges as Ross.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward. 

Coles County Crime Stoppers 
1 (866) 345 – 8488 
Text: “crimeleads” + info to CRIMES (274637)
Mattoon Police Department
(217) 235 – 5451

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