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West Peoria man jailed on gun and drug charges hours after he was possible target of shooting

March 02, 2016



PEORIA — A West Peoria man faces multiple gun and drug charges, including a count of armed violence, following his arrest early Tuesday just hours after he was the apparent target of gunfire in South Peoria.

Rico R. Sims, 32, of 2303 W. Moss St. was booked into the Peoria County Jail on charges of armed violence, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a firearm without a valid firearm owner’s identification card, unlawful possession of 2.5 to 10 grams of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Peoria police arrested Sims about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Southwest Jefferson Avenue and West Starr Street. Officers seized marijuana, a handgun and $1,333 cash during the arrest, according to reports.

Sims remained in custody at the jail later Tuesday and had not yet been formally charged or made an initial appearance before a judge to have his bond determined.

The arrest came hours after volleys of gunfire involving more than a dozen gunshots outside a South Peoria liquor store apparently targeted Sims or a passenger in his vehicle.

Police responded about 10:15 p.m. Monday to Griswold Grocery & Liquors, 1814 S. Griswold St., after a ShotSpotter alert detected 15 gunshots fired in the area.

Video surveillance showed a vehicle driven by Sims pull into the store parking lot, and someone get into the passenger side of the vehicle. A window of the vehicle then shattered from gunfire, the passenger fled, and the driver sped away in the vehicle.

Officers found multiple shell casings behind a home in the 1800 block of South Stanley Street, and Sims called police from a different location to report damage to the vehicle.

No injuries were reported, and no arrests were made in connection with that incident, but Sims was apprehended about four hours later.

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