Peoria County State’s Attorney has announced that two individuals have been charged in connection with an armed robbery that took place on Facebook Marketplace, resulting in the death of one of the robbers. The accused, 27-year-old Sontarrius Williams and 18-year-old Jalyn Branscumb, are facing charges of armed robbery.
In a recent development, a petition to keep Williams detained has been granted, ensuring that he will remain in custody at the Peoria County Jail until his trial. Branscumb, on the other hand, is scheduled for a detention hearing on Monday.
The State’s Attorney has clarified that the purchaser involved in the incident will not face any charges. This is due to the fact that the purchaser was acting in self-defense and possessed a legally owned firearm.
This incident stemmed from a vehicle transaction that was arranged through Facebook Marketplace. Last week, it was revealed that the shooting was an attempted robbery. Two individuals had traveled to Peoria to meet someone regarding the vehicle transaction. However, upon arrival, they were directed to a nearby alley to inspect the alleged vehicle.
Upon reaching the alley, they were ambushed by several armed suspects who attempted to rob them. A struggle ensued, leading to shots being fired by both the suspects and one of the individuals being robbed.
Tragically, one of the suspects, an 18-year-old Bloomington man, was struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation into the shooting is still ongoing, and the Peoria Police are urging anyone with information to come forward and contact them at 309-673-4521.
It is important to note that this incident highlights the potential dangers of conducting transactions through online platforms such as Facebook Marketplace. It serves as a reminder for individuals to exercise caution and ensure their personal safety when meeting strangers for such exchanges.
By providing this additional information and expanding on the details of the incident, we aim to engage the reader and create a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate event.