Peoria Police arrest suspect in Canton home invasion

By WEEK Producer

November 13, 2013 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 11:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A suspect in an overnight home invasion in Canton was captured in Peoria Wednesday afternoon.

Peoria Police surrounded an apartment at 802 NE Perry Avenue around noon after receiving a warrant the arrest of Toby Dansizen, 28, of Mapleton.

Officers forced their way into the back of the apartment about two hours later. Dansizen surrendered without incident.

According to Peoria Police Captain Mike Scally, Dansizen is the lone suspect in a Canton home invasion.

Canton Police Chief Rick Nichols said Dansizen allegedly forced his way into an apartment in the 1700 block of East Ash Street in Canton armed with a machete just before 10 p.m.

A 30-year-old female was taken to Graham Hospital with superficial injuries to her face and neck. She said she suffered those injuries while trying to stop Dansizen from hurting his ex-girlfriend who was also in the apartment.

Fulton County Sheriff’s deputies and Canton Police attempted to arrest Dansizen a few hours later when he returned to the area. He fled police through Fulton County and into Peoria County even driving his truck through cornfields.

Wednesday morning Dansizen’s truck was found abandoned near Lancaster Cemetery in rural Glasford.

Dansizen is currently being held in the Peoria County Jail on Fulton County warrants for two counts of home invasion, two counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to residence. His bond is set at $250,000.

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