Northern Ill. kidnapping victim found safe in Peoria, suspect still on the run

Published: Jun. 14, 2021 at 11:46 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 4:27 PM CDT
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PERU, Ill. (KFVS) - Police say a kidnapping victim was found safe in Peoria and the suspect is still on the run.

The Peru Police Department hosted a news conference on Tuesday, June 15 regarding the kidnapping investigation.

Police say the victim was a woman in her 20s, but due to her smaller size, she was originally believed to be 15 or 16 years old.

They said the woman and the suspect had a prior relationship.

Investigators are looking for 27-year-old Bobby A. Cross in connection to the investigation. He is believed to be from the Peoria area.

They say he has a history that includes at least one violent conviction at a local level and ask that you not approach him.

He does currently have an outstanding warrant in LaSalle County for failure to appear on a battery charge.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peru Police Department at 815-223-2151.

Investigators said just before 5 a.m. on Monday, June 14, a person living near 7th and Plum Street called 911 to report hearing a female screaming for help.

According to the Peru Police Department, video surveillance indicated the suspect vehicle was a large, white SUV, possibly a Ford.

They said physical evidence collected from the scene indicated the victim was taken against her will.

Police called it an isolated incident.

Shortly before 5am Monday morning, 6/14/21, a person living near 7th and Plum St. called 9-1-1 reporting hearing a...

Posted by City of Peru Police Department on Monday, June 14, 2021

The FBI assisted the Peru Police Department with the investigation.

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