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Posted on: February 14, 2023

[ARCHIVED] 2-13-23 Unlawful Use of a Weapon Arrest

(PEORIA, IL) Monday, February 13, 2023, at approximately 10:53 a.m. Peoria Police were dispatched to Citylink on a report of a male being robbed at gunpoint. 
Before officers arrived, the suspect entered a vehicle and fled the scene. The victim was not located.
During the course of the investigation, officers located a matching vehicle at MLK and Kumpf. The driver identified as 30-year-old James L. Wright Jr. was removed from the vehicle without incident and detained. 
During a search of the vehicle, officers located a loaded handgun inside. Wright was taken into custody and subsequently arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon, Driving on a Suspended License and other traffic charges, and an active Warrant on File.
Wright was transported to the Peoria County Jail. 
If you have any information regarding any violent crimes, please contact the Peoria Police Department at (309) 673-4521, tip411 (anonymously), or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at (309) 673-9000.
**All suspects and arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. **


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