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Police: Victim in Peru abduction located in Peoria, suspect being sought

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PERU (WEEK) -- Authorities say they have located the victim in an early Monday morning abduction in Peru and the Peoria man wanted in connection to the incident is still being sought.

The Peru Police Department, along with the FBI, first reported the victim was a teenage girl, but at a news briefing Tuesday, Peru Police Chief Douglas Bernabei said the victim was a woman in her early 20s.

Bobby Cross

The man sought in the abduction, 27-year-old Bobby Cross, is still on the run, said Bernabei, and will most likely be arrested on a current LaSalle County warrant that is not related to the abduction.

The victim was located in Peoria at her residence, which she shares with the suspect and another individual, on Tuesday morning and is safe, said Bernabei.

The victim did not need medical attention, but was "shooken" up, said Bernabie.

The victim and Cross have a relationship together and authorities believe it is a domestic-related incident.

There is no threat to the Peru or LaSalle County communities, said Bernabei.

During the briefing, Bernabie said police searched Cross' vehicle and residence in Peoria, when two firearms were discovered, one with a potential silencer.

Bernabie credited the officers of the multi-agency taskforce in the investigation that led to locating the victim, saying more than 40 interviews were conducted at the scene Monday morning.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on Cross's location should call the Peru Police Department at 815-223-2151. They saw to not approach Cross.

Drew Veskauf

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