Northern Ill. kidnapping victim found safe in Peoria, suspect still on the run
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.
The FBI assisted the Peru Police Department with the investigation.
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