News release 3/22/21

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week. 

On March 15th, 2021 at approximately 4:15PM, Decatur Police were dispatched to the intersection of N College St and W Packard St in reference to a shooting.

Officers arrived on scene and spoke to a witness who observed a newer black four door passenger car with dark tinted windows traveling N/B on College street.  This suspect vehicle stopped in the roadway in front of a residence in the 1000 block of N College. A b/m suspect was observed leaning out a passenger side window where he fired several rounds with a handgun towards a residence in this block.  After the shots were fired the suspect vehicle was observed driving E/B on Packard street.  Observed in the rear driver’s seat of the suspect vehicle was another b/m, however there is no further suspect description.

Also, involved was a gray four door passenger car which fled the area S/B from the 1000 block N College street during the shooting.     

If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.  You do not have to give your name.  Crime Stoppers will pay $500 dollars or more for information that leads to an arrest on the crime of the week.  Thank you.

2021-03-22T09:50:50-05:00March 22, 2021|Crime of the Week|

News Release 2/15/21

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week. 

On February 8th, 2021 at approximately 3:00 AM several residents in the 2400 block of North Florian Ave. were woken up to the sound of multiple gun shots.  

The following morning Decatur Police observed damage to a vehicle and building in this block that had sustained damage from the gun shots. 

The residents in the area who heard the shooting had no suspect information.

If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.  You do not have to give your name.  Crime Stoppers will pay $500 dollars or more for information that leads to an arrest on the crime of the week.  Thank you.

2021-02-15T09:52:04-06:00February 15, 2021|Crime of the Week|

News Release 1/11/21

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week.

On December 22nd at approximately 10:00 PM, Decatur Police responded to the 200 block of W Leafland in reference to a shooting.  On arrival, they located a gunshot victim inside a vehicle, later identified as Jayleon Cummings who was deceased. 

Witnesses in the area informed police they heard numerous gun shots.  A silver or gray colored 4-Door Sedan with tinted windows was observed traveling E/B in the 200 block of W Leafland at a high rate of speed after the shooting. 

If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.  You do not have to give your name.  Crime Stoppers will pay $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest on this homicide.  Thank you.

2021-01-11T10:48:00-06:00January 11, 2021|Crime of the Week|

News Release 1/4/21

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week. 

On December 29th, 2020 at approximately 7:30PM Decatur Police responded to Little Caesars located at 1925 N Water in reference to an aggravated robbery. 

Officers arrived on scene and spoke to the employees who advised a suspect just entered the business and displayed a handwritten note which stated “empty the register.”  The suspect kept one hand in his hooded shirt implying he had a handgun.   During this interaction the suspect spoke and the employees said the suspect had a deep voice.  The suspect left Little Caesars on foot in a S/W direction. 

The suspect was described as dark skinned b/m, average build, approx. 5’10” – 6’0” tall, wearing a blue hooded shirt, blue colored face mask, and gray colored pants.  The suspect was observed to have a tattoo on the top of his left hand between his thumb and index finger. 

If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.  You do not have to give your name.  Crime Stoppers will pay $500 dollars or more for information that leads to an arrest on the crime of the week.  Thank you.

2021-01-04T09:49:19-06:00January 4, 2021|Crime of the Week|

News Release 12/14/20

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week.

On November 14th 2020 at approximately 6:38 PM, Decatur Police responded to JB’s, located at 1301 N Calhoun in reference to a shooting.  Officers arrived on scene and observed a subject lying on the floor inside of the business, unresponsive.  This subject would later be identified as John Betscher.   

John was the owner of this business and working alone when an unknown suspect pulled up to the drive-up window. This suspect fired multiple shots, striking John and then the suspect drove away from the business north on Calhoun street.  Unfortunately, John would later succumb to his injuries from the gun shots.

There is minimal suspect information, and the Decatur Police Department is asking for the public’s help. 

If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.  You do not have to give your name.  Crime Stoppers will pay $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest on this homicide.  In addition, there are donors who will contribute an additional $7,500 towards the reward for information that places this suspect in jail.  Thank you.

2020-12-14T12:00:49-06:00December 14, 2020|Crime of the Week|

News Release 12/7/20

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week. 

On November 8th, 2020 at approximately 9:50 PM Decatur Police responded to the 2600 block of N Morgan in reference to a home invasion.  Officers spoke to the victim who advised she was standing outside her residence and observed two individuals each armed with handguns approach her.  These suspects forced the victim inside the residence where they began threatening her life.   One suspect fired one shot inside the home which didn’t strike anyone. 

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money along with the victim’s vehicle. This vehicle was later recovered in the 3400 block of Hummingbird Dr., unoccupied.   

The first suspect was described as a dark skinned black male, approx.5’5” tall, and 190 pounds.  This suspect was wearing a full faced black ski mask and dressed in all black clothing. 

The second suspect was described as a light skinned black male, approx. 25yoa, 6’0” tall, and 180 pounds.  This suspect was observed wearing a blue surgical mask, and all black clothing. 

If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.  You do not have to give your name.  Crime Stoppers will pay $500 dollars or more for information that leads to an arrest on the crime of the week.  Thank you.

2020-12-07T11:41:28-06:00December 7, 2020|Crime of the Week|

Press Release 11/23/20

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this weeks crime of the week.

On the evening of November 28th 2019, Decatur police responded to the intersection of N Martin Luther King Drive and E Cantrell Street in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and observed a b/m later identified as Tommy King lying face down in the roadway. Tommy was observed to have been shot multiple times and later passed due to his injuries.

It is believed the suspect who committed the shooting was dropped off in the area by an unknown vehicle.

Witnesses observed seeing a b/m, wearing dark colored clothing, and white shoes chasing Tommy on foot. Witnesses observed this suspect shoot Tommy then turn and run north towards the 500 block of E Sheridan.

It has been approximately one year since this homicide and the Decatur Police Department is asking for your help. If you have any information regarding this crime, then please contact crime stoppers at 423TIPS. You do not have to give your name. Crime Stoppers will pay $1,000 dollars for information that leads to an arrest on this homicide

2020-11-23T11:02:05-06:00November 23, 2020|Crime of the Week|

News Release 11/16/20

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week.   
 
In the early morning hours of October 23rd, Decatur Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of E Hickory in reference to a gunshot victim.  Officers arrived on scene and observed a female named Shatia Brooks lying unresponsive in her bed.  Shatia was observed to have been fatally shot as she was sleeping.  It was later determined that Shatia was pregnant when she was shot.   
 
Detectives observed numerous shell casings in the street nearby the residence where Shatia was shot as well as several bullet defects in the residence where Shatia lived.  
 
There is little information to go on and the Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this homicide.  If you have any information regarding this crime, then please contact Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.  You do not have to give your name.  Crime Stoppers will pay $1,000 dollars for information that leads to an arrest on this homicide.  Thank you. 
2020-11-16T11:00:14-06:00November 16, 2020|Crime of the Week|

News Release 11/2/20

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week. 

There have been several retail thefts that have occurred at Target in recent weeks involving the same suspects.  These suspects enter the store, filling their shopping carts with high dollar items and then exit the store without paying.  The total amount these individuals have stolen has cost the store several thousands of dollars in losses.  There’s evidence to believe these individuals have also committed similar thefts at other Central IL Target locations.

The Decatur Police Department has obtained surveillance photos of the suspects involved. 

If you recognize or have any information regarding these suspects or suspect vehicle, please contact Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.  You do not have to give your name.  Crime Stoppers will pay $500 dollars or more for information that leads to an arrest on the crime of the week.  Thank you. 

2020-11-02T13:23:41-06:00November 2, 2020|Crime of the Week|

News release 10/19/20

On October 7th, 2020 at approximately 12:10PM Decatur Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of East Wood in reference to a shooting.  Officers arrived on scene and observed a crime scene.  A gunshot victim would later arrive at a hospital with a non-life threatening injury.  The victim had little information for police regarding the shooting.

Witnesses in the area describe seeing a b/m, wearing a red sweatshirt, committing the shooting.  There is evidence to suggest a blue colored Nissan Altima which was occupied by 3 b/m’s may also be involved. 

If you have any information regarding this shooting, please call Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.  You do not have to give your name.  Crime Stoppers will pay $500 dollars or more for information that leads to an arrest on the crime of the week.  Thank you.

2020-10-19T10:21:29-05:00October 19, 2020|Crime of the Week|
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