Pekin police make arrest in attempted robbery

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PEKIN - Tazewell County authorities say a 27-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into his mother's house and tying her up in an attempted robbery.

According to Pekin police, Austin Smith, 27, was arrested on Friday, approximately 90 minutes after leaving his mother's house.  Police say the woman was unharmed, and that Smith did not leave her home with any money.

Authorities also say that Smith was carrying several knives at the time of his arrest.  Smith is currently being held pending a bond hearing.

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