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FBI: Peoria Planned Parenthood arson suspect in custody

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Joe Deacon
The Peoria Planned Parenthood clinic at 2709 N. Knoxville Ave. after a Jan. 15 firebombing. The FBI says a suspect is now in custody.

A suspect in this month's arson fire at the Peoria Planned Parenthood is in custody.

FBI Springfield spokeswoman Rebecca Cramblit confirms a suspect was arrested by Peoria police officers.

"FBI Springfield will file a complaint to formally arrest him on federal charges today," she said.

Cramblit declined to release the suspect's name, but said court documents should be available after his initial hearing.

Peoria Police spokeswoman Semone Roth said additional details will be sent out in a press release later today.

Officials with Planned Parenthood of Illinois say the clinic will be closed for months after the Jan. 15 firebombing. Surgical abortions are not performed at the Peoria health center.

Nobody was in the building at the time the fire started, but one firefighter suffered minor injuries helping to extinguish the blaze.

This story will be updated.

Updated: January 25, 2023 at 3:19 PM CST
Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.