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Six arrested, accused of stealing vehicles, following carjacking with a baby inside

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PEORIA (WEEK) - Peoria Police arrested five other people a day after a carjacking in Peoria with a baby inside.

The initial incident happened Thursday afternoon, when police said some people in a stolen Nissan Rogue dropped off 16-year-old boy in the 2300 block of Knoxville.

In that area, police said a grey Dodge Charger was left running for less than a minute, with an 11-month-old baby girl inside. Police said a witness alerted the mother about what happened and the mother called police.

Later, police found the stolen Charger in , but no baby inside.

While police were canvassing neighborhoods looking for the baby, police said they saw the stolen Nissan near McClure and Linn. They said they pulled over the SUV and took all five people in for interviews. They were all ultimately arrested .

As reported Thursday, the 16-year-old they dropped off, was arrested for allegedly stealing the Dodge Charger with the baby inside. The baby was found about two hours after the carjacking in an alley in the 2600 block of Prospect. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation and reunited with her mother, but police said she appeared to be fine.

The other five arrested include a 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old girl, and a 16-year-old boy. Two were adults: Damarious J. Matthews, 18, and Tajanae S. Johnson, 20.

Molly Jirasek

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