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Posted on: January 29, 2024

Two Charged in Facebook Marketplace Armed Robbery that Resulted in Robber’s Death

January 27, 2024, Peoria, IL – Two men, Sontarrius Williams, 27, and Jalyn Branscumb, 18, were charged with Armed Robbery, a Class X Felony, for a foiled Facebook Marketplace armed robbery on January 15 that left one man dead. The State’s petition to detain Williams was granted, and he will remain in custody at the Peoria County Jail until his trial. Branscumb will have a detention hearing on Monday.


On the evening of January 15, two individuals came to Peoria to purchase a vehicle from Facebook Marketplace. The purchasers were directed to an alley in the south end, where several individuals, including Williams and Branscum, attempted to rob them at gunpoint.  One of the purchasers pulled out a lawfully owned firearm, and during an exchange of gunfire with the robbers one was killed.  Because the purchaser was acting in self-defense and had a lawfully owned firearm, no charges will be filed against him.


The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Peoria Police Department at 309-673-4521.


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