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Second Arrest made in string of violence at Crusens on Farmington Road

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UPDATE 8/15/20 8:37am : A second man has been arrested in connection to the violence at Crusens on Farmington. Sheriff Brian Asbell released a mugshot of 21-year-old Brody W. Jenkins.

Jenkins is charged with reckless conduct, possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a valid foid card.

Asbell explained On August 14, 2020 while investigating the double stabbing, Sheriff’s detectives were made aware of a social media post on Snapchat, which showed a man holding a handgun in the bathroom.

Detectives were able to confirm this video was taken inside Crusens shortly after the stabbing incident and that it was Jenkins in the video with another individual. While police don't believe Jenkins' arrest is directly connected to the earlier incidents, they acknowledge it was still the 3rd example of violence that evening, including an employee finding a separate gun on the dance floor at the bar.


UPDATE: Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell says 28-year-old Justin D Wills has been arrested in connection to the stabbing.

Wills is charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Reckless Conduct.

Wills has not been officially booked yet, but Sheriff Asbell says his deputies aren't searching for any other suspects at this time.


PEORIA (WEEK) - A stabbing at Crusens Bar left two injured and hospitalized. Now, West Peoria's mayor James Dillon is speaking out, saying that the incident makes him "sick" to his stomach.

"We tried to warn the owners of Crusens that we were afraid something was going to happen, and they didn't take our warning seriously evidently," said Dillon.

Last month, Dillon ordered the bar to close early for three days after reports of overcrowding.

Local attorney Jeff Green is representing a client involved in a separate altercation saying that incidents like this are nothing new.

"There's a dispatch log. It's 8 pages single spaced, there was 262 emergency calls to the county to Crusens on Farmington Road address in less than two years," said Green.

Additionally, Dillon reviewed surveillance photos from the stabbing incident noticing large crowds and only one mask in sight.

"It puts a lot of undue pressure on the city, especially the Sheriff's department," said Dillon expressing his concerns of a currently-understaffed department and local COVID resources.

Prior to the stabbing, an employee found a loaded gun on the dance floor earlier that evening. While deputies believe that there is no connection to the stabbing, Green still questions the Crusens' safety and security.

"If it's so crowded they're finding guns on the ground, like 'how many people are really in there?' What's really going on in there especially during this time?"

Crusens management has yet to comment. This incident is still under investigation.

Lauren Melendez

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