Peoria Police capture suspects, including 3 juveniles, for carjackings and other gun crimes
clarification: The story has been edited for clarity. In total, four suspects, including three juveniles, were taken into custody Monday.
PEORIA (HEART OF ILLINOIS ABC) - Peoria Police report they made significant progress Monday cracking down on a growing number of armed carjackings, stolen motor vehicles, business burglaries and other crimes in the city with the arrest of four suspects.
Three of the suspects are juveniles, according to a Peoria Police news release.
Police said one of the youths on Monday was found in a vehicle with two loaded guns in the 2200 block of West Marquette Street. The juvenile was arrested for an outstanding warrant, and was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a handgun under 21 years old, possession of a weapon by a gang member, business burglary, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, armed robbery and vehicular hijacking. Also in the car was 29-year-old Antonio Cousins. Police arrested Cousins for possession of a weapon by a felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and that he’s an armed habitual criminal.
Earlier in the day, police said they were conducting surveillance in the area and heard shots fired nearby in the 2400 block of West Starr. A ShotSpotter alert was also activated for shots fired in the area. A Peoria County Sheriff’s deputy in the area claimed to see a male armed with a handgun leaning out of a stolen vehicle.
Police said they were led on a high-speed chase that ended with a crash several blocks away and a foot chase when three people in the vehicle ran off.
Two of the three suspects from that vehicle were taken into custody. Both are juvenile males, one of whom was armed with a loaded handgun. Both juveniles were transported to Peoria County Juvenile Detention.
Investigators later determined the vehicle that drove away from officers was being shot at during the ShotSpotter activation on West Starr. Cousins was identified as the suspect of that shooting. He was also charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm.
Monday’s arrests following the capture on December 15 of four juveniles who police said were also involved in various crimes.
Peoria Police said they have teamed up the last several weeks in the investigation with the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Illinois State Police.
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