Law enforcement collaboration nets 20 arrests, seized firearms

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Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 3:14 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - Peoria Police, along with state and federal law enforcement agencies, conducted a detail that brought 50 traffic stops which resulted in several citations and numerous warnings and 20 arrests - including some wanted on county and federal warrants, and more.

The overall mission included identifying hot spots through data driven evidence, utilizing intelligence gained through field investigations, and the deployment of resources to conduct directed patrol strategies - focusing on the most violent offenders in the community.

In a release, Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria also says two stolen vehicles were recovered and two illegally possessed firearms were seized. Wednesday night’s detail also provided evidence in furtherance of several ongoing major investigations.

A brief synopsis of the major incidents are:

  • 1200 block of East Forrest Hill: A previously reported stolen vehicle that fled from units on the ground was tracked utilizing ISP Air Operations which led to the location and apprehension of three juvenile suspects. A foot chase ensued, and all three suspects were arrested for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and transported to the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center (PPD Incident #22-359).
  • 200 Block of East Corrington: A suspect with a federal arrest warrant for possession of a fully automatic pistol was located, arrested, and transported to the Peoria County Jail (PPD Incident #22-386).
  • 1900 block of South Stanley: A second previously reported stolen vehicle fled ground units and was tracked utilizing ISP Air Operations. Ground units were directed to the location of the vehicle once again when the driver of the vehicle began driving recklessly through the city. Out of caution for civilians, the suspect, and officers on the ground, the decision was made to not pursue the vehicle on the ground but rather rely on information from the air. Once the driver stopped, ground units converged on the location and witnessed the driver exit the vehicle and walk into a residence. A brief standoff ensued with an eventual peaceful surrender. The driver had an outstanding warrant for Fleeing and Eluding and was transported to the Peoria County Jail (PPD Incident #21-25146).
  • Indiana & Nebraska: A traffic stop was conducted and during the course of the investigation a loaded stolen handgun, as well as a loaded rifle, were recovered from the vehicle. The subjects inside the vehicle were arrested for various weapons-related offenses, traffic violations as well as a warrant on file (PPD Incident #21-374).

Echevarria says no ShotSpotter activations or new motor vehicle thefts were reported.

The Peoria Police Neighborhood Services (NSU) also began a detail to tow current abandoned vehicles. This effort will continue daily and during specific planned details.

Illinois State Police troopers from districts 8, 6, 9, CRIMPAT Units, AIR Ops and Zone 4 investigations participated in the effort.

The United States Marshal Service Central Illinois Fugitive Task Force conducted a fugitive apprehension detail.

Members of the Peoria Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Operations and the Special Investigations Division also participated.

Nearly 60 law enforcement officers participated.

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