Man released after allegedly pointing gun at police is back in custody. here’s why

The man accused of pointing a gun at a police officer during a traffic stop Monday morning is back in custody, days after being controversially released.

Brian R. Childers, 45, was taken into custody by the Peoria Police Department on an arrest warrant issued by Tazewell County for alleged gun violence and two counts of possession of methamphetamines, according to a press release from the Peoria Police Department.

On Friday, March 22, 2024, at approximately 4 p.m., members of the Peoria Police Department’s Special Investigations Division and Criminal Investigation Division arrested Childers on a no-bail arrest warrant issued by the County of Tazewell for gun violence and possession of methamphetamine. He was taken into custody without incident in the 300 block of Main Street and transported to the Peoria County Jail, police said.

BACKGROUND: Peoria police chief denounces decision to release man who allegedly pointed gun at officer

On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Mark Gilles had released Childers before a trial on charges of aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding a police officer and several other traffic charges. Gilles ruled that even if the actions in question were eligible for pretrial detention, Childers’ lack of criminal record made him less dangerous to the community.

A day later, Peoria Police Chief Eric Echavarria angrily criticized Gilles’ decision to release Childers, saying it sent a confusing message about public safety.

On Friday, Echevarria released an additional statement following Childers’ arrest:

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Tazewell County for taking quick action by issuing this warrant, which allowed the Peoria Police Department to remove this dangerous individual from the streets.”

This article was originally published on Journal Star: Man released after pointing gun at Peoria police is back in custody

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