12 arrested during latest Peoria Police Anti-Violence Initative

Peoria Police Department
Peoria Police Department(Jason Howell | 25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 5:03 PM CDT
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PEORIA (WEEK) - Peoria Police say 12 people were arrested, while several citations and numerous warnings were issued during the Department’s latest Anti-Violence Initiative.

It happened Wednesday, May 25th.

According to Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria, approximately 11 vehicle stops were made, resulting in several citations and numerous warnings. Along with that, 12 arrests were made, and illegal narcotics were seized. 13 tickets were issued, five vehicles were impounded, and two weapons were seized.

Peoria Police say during this directed patrol detail, officers with the department’s Patrol Unit and members of the Special Investigations Division took part in a traffic stop in the 1900 block of North Lehman Road for a traffic violation around 12:30 PM. As officers approached the vehicle, the person in the back seat, later identified as 20-year-old Eshayah Aguirre, hit an officer with the door as he ran from the vehicle. Police add that during a brief foot chase, Aguirre drew a handgun from his waist band, but fell and dropped the loaded weapon. He was taken into custody, and the weapon was seized. Aguirre was arrested for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Aggravated Battery to Police, Resisting/Obstructing, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Possession of a Defaced Firearm, and is in the Peoria County jail.

Around 4 PM, officers stopped a vehicle in the 2000 block of North Ellis for expired registration. Police later found that the driver, 18-year-old Javarion Hudson had an expired driver’s license. He was taken into custody, and while searching the vehicle, police found a loaded handgun and illegal drugs. Hudson was arrested for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Firearms Ammunition, Possession of a Handgun Under 21 and Traffic Violations.

Chief Echevarria adds that during the Wednesday detail, there was one ShotSpotter alert, and no motor vehicle thefts. However, one stolen vehicle was recovered.

“Our dedicated officers conducted last night’s Directed Patrol in rainy weather. This only shows how committed the men and women of the Peoria Police Department are when it comes to fighting crime. We will continue to do our part to eradicate illegal drugs and violent crimes from our streets.” said Echevarria in a prepared statement.

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