(PEORIA, IL) Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at approximately 8:01 p.m. Peoria Police responded to the 1400 block of N. Ellis on a report of an Armed Vehicle Hijacking.
When officers arrived, they located an adult male who told police he was approached by two males outside his vehicle. One of the males was armed with a handgun. The suspects then drove away in the stolen vehicle heading southbound on Ellis. The victim was not injured.
short time later, officers observed the stolen vehicle driving near the 1700 block of Great Oak. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled the area at a high rate of speed. The stolen vehicle then crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Main and University. Four male suspects fled the scene on foot but were quickly apprehended by Peoria and Bradley police. The two occupants in the vehicle that was struck sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The four suspects were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
After being medically released, all four suspects, two 13-year-old males, a 12-year-old male and an adult male identified as 18-year-old Sentaries R. Farmer were transported to the Peoria Police Department for interviewing purposes and subsequently arrested.
Farmer was arrested for Vehicular Hijacking, Aggravated Assault and Resisting police. He was transported to the Peoria County Jail.
The 12-year-old male was arrested for Criminal Trespass to a Motor Vehicle and Resisting police. He was later released into the custody of his mother.
The 13-year-old male was arrested for Aggravated Vehicle Hijacking and Resisting police. He was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.
The second 13-year-old was arrested for Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Resisting police and several Traffic Violations. He was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.
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. **