EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Illinois authorities say a Michigan man was so intent on robbing a motorist that he unwittingly followed her in his car straight to a sheriff’s department, where he was arrested.

Twenty-six-year-old Carleous Clay Jr. was arrested Tuesday and remains jailed in Madison County, Ill., on charges of attempted armed robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Authorities say the Edwardsville woman called 911 saying a man had tried to rob her at gunpoint when he pulled alongside her to ask for directions. She had her three children in the car with her.

Investigators say a dispatcher guided the woman to a nearby sheriff’s department while the suspect followed. They say he realized too late where she was headed and was arrested a short time later.

The attorney assigned to Clay did not immediately respond to a phone message Thursday seeking comment.

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