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Police: 2 teens arrested for murder in Peoria’s latest homicide

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- Two teenagers have been arrested for murder in connection to Sunday's homicide in Peoria.

The arrests stem from the shooting incident at the Shell station in the 200 block of MacArthur where police responded to two ShotSpotter alerts at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

An earlier police report indicates there was an altercation at the gas pumps and shots were fired.

The victim was taken to a local hospital via a private vehicle, where he was pronounced dead.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood identified the victim as 34-year-old Joshua Perkins, of Peoria. Harwood said he was taken to UnityPoint Methodist Emergency Department unresponsive and not breathing.

Perkins was pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m. Monday. An autopsy shows he suffered a gunshot wound to the front torso.

During the investigation, members of the Peoria Police Target Offender Unit located three persons of interest in the 2400 block of West Northland. The three were then taken to the Peoria Police Department to be interviewed, said PPD Public Information Officer Amy Dotson.

Another four individuals were also located in the 3700 block of West Hedgehill and interviewed as well at the PPD.

Arrested was Arenza Brown, 18, for first-degree murder, attempted aggravated armed robbery and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

A 17-year-old male juvenile was arrested for first-degree murder, attempted aggravated armed robbery and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Brown was taken to the Peoria County Jail and the juvenile was taken to the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the PD at 309-673-4521 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 309-673-9000.

Drew Veskauf

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Alex Gaul

Alex Gaul joined WEEK 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC in January 2021 as a Multimedia Journalist. He formerly worked for KPNX-TV and KAET-TV, both in Phoenix, Arizona. The Illinois-native is an alum of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

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