Don't Shoot call-in participant arrested for aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery

By WEEK Producer

January 11, 2013 Updated Jan 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A setback has occurred for one participant in Peoria's Don't Shoot anti-crime program.

Authorities arrested one of the nine men who participated in the call-in portion of the program.

Peoria police arrested 30-year-old Jerome Jones and another man Thursday afternoon for allegedly beating, kidnapping and robbing a man on the East bluff.

Authorities say Jones and 18-year-old Jarvis Logan and another man jumped the victim last Saturday on New York Avenue.

Police say after the trio beat the victim, he was placed in the trunk of a vehicle, and driven to Widenham Street, where he was able to later free himself.

This week, we introduced you to Jones, who for a month now had participated in the call-in portion of the Don't Shoot Program.

City officials had linked him up with social service agencies after Jones said he wanted to turn his life around.

Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says recovering from criminal activity can be similar to getting off drugs or alcohol.

"I suspect that Jerome had the best of intentions. He was following up on the things that we referred him to," said Settingsgaard. "He seemed serious about the changes in his life. I don't know what led him to his involvement in this case but I'm not surprised, I'm disappointed"

Police would not say if the crime was gang related and they are not releasing the victim's name but add his injuries were not life threatening.

Settingsgaard says money was taken from the man.

Jones and Logan face charges of aggravated kidnapping and armed robbery.

Both are in custody at the Peoria County jail.

Police are still looking for a third suspect, Jones' brother.

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