Suspect arrested for Peoria’s fifth homicide of the year

Chazier Johnson, 22
Chazier Johnson, 22(25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jun. 25, 2022 at 3:03 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A man accused of murder is in the Peoria County jail awaiting bond as of Saturday afternoon.

Around 11:30 PM March 8, Peoria Police responded to W. Beverly for a ShotSpotter alert. That’s where they found Timothy Foreman, Jr., 40, laying in the roadway with a gunshot wound, pronounced dead at the scene. It marked the city’s fifth homicide of the year. During the investigation, detectives identified Chazier Johnson, 22, as a suspect.

Friday, members of the Peoria Police Department Special Investigations Division and United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force found and arrested Johnson on N. Gale Ave for first degree murder. He’s currently in the Peoria County Jail, with a bond hearing scheduled for Monday.

While on scene, officers also made contact with two men with illegal firearms. Elliot Sanders, 36, and Demarcus Rusell, 40, were both arrested without incident. Sanders was arrested for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by Felon, and No FOID. He’s also in the Peoria County jail, with a bond hearing Monday at 2:00 PM. Russell was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by Felon and Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Firearm. He too is in custody at the Peoria County Jail, awaiting a bond hearing Monday at 2:00 PM.

The incident is still under investigation.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you can contact Detective Vasquez at (309) 494-8369, Tip411 (anonymously), or CrimeStoppers (anonymously) at (309) 673-9000.

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