Juvenile armed robbery suspect arrested in Peoria’s latest ‘directed’ police patrol

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police city of peoria illinois(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 8:43 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - A young armed robbery suspect was among 12 people arrested during Peoria Police Department’s latest “directed patrol” aiming to reduce violence in the city.

Police said in a news release that 35 officers participated in the detail on Tuesday. Police said officers stopped 27 vehicles; impounding four of those vehicles, making 12 arrests, recovering a handgun and seizing drugs.

Officers said they went into the 1600 block of North Great Oak about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday after receiving information that a juvenile armed robbery suspect was located there.

Police said they saw the youth run into a home, and he was taken into custody without incident. The juvenile was also wanted for unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, and a warrant was issued for his arrest from a neighboring county for burglary, according to police.

Also during Tuesday’s directed patrol, police said there were three ShotSpotter alerts, but two of them were unfounded.

Police Chief Eric Echevarria issued a statement:

“I would like to thank all of the officers who spend countless hours investigating and following up on cases that result in arrests. As I have stated before, our officers are committed to making Peoria a safer city for everyone. That is the goal of every police officer who wears a badge.”

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