PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – More than 50 vehicle stops in Peoria led to a spate of arrests and confiscations on Wednesday, January 5.
Several agencies, including the Illinois State Police (ISP), the United States Marshal’s Service, members of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Peoria Police Department, Patrol Operations and the Division special investigations assisted the Peoria Police Department.
Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria praised the collaboration between the departments and said he was determined to continue the work.
It’s six days in the New Year and six days in the Peoria Police Department’s anti-violence initiative. While last night was impactful, we are by no means finished. PPD will continue to work with our county, state and federal law enforcement partners, as well as ongoing conversations with the community we serve, in our goal of improving public safety and security. reduction of violent crime. On behalf of myself and my staff, I want to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of everyone involved – both the Peoria Police Officers assigned to this detail, as well as our partners in charge of the law enforcement for their job last night.
Head of PPD Eric Echevarria
As a result of traffic stops, 20 arrests were made, many of those wanted on county and federal warrants, two stolen vehicles were recovered and two illegal firearms were discovered.
Evidence to help with several major investigations has also been gathered, according to the press release.
Collaborative efforts that lead to an arrest include:
• Block 1200 of East Forrest Hill: A stolen vehicle that escaped police was located using FAI aerial operations, which resulted in the location of three young suspects who then fled from the police. They were found, arrested and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, before being transported to the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center.
• 200 Block of East Corrington: A suspect with a federal arrest warrant for possession of a
automatic pistol was located, arrested and transported to the Peoria County Jail.
• South Stanley Block 1900: A vehicle, previously reported as stolen, was removed from police but was subsequently located by ISP Air Operations. Police on the ground were able to locate the vehicle as the driver began to drive recklessly across town. As a precaution, the police abandoned the pursuit in the street and instead relied on aerial information. After the driver pulled over, police converged on the location and watched the suspect enter a house. After a brief standoff, the suspect surrendered. They had an outstanding warrant for feeling and evading and were transported to the Peoria County Jail.
• Streets of Indiana and Nebraska: A stolen handgun and loaded rifle were recovered from a vehicle during a traffic stop. The suspects inside were arrested on various charges relating to weapons, traffic violations and a warrant already filed.
• During detail, no ShotSpotter activations or new motor vehicle thefts were reported.
• Peoria Police Neighborhood Services (NSU) also started a detail to tow the abandoned current
Vehicles. This effort will continue daily and during specific planned details.