A juvenile subject police say was involved in the Princeton shooting on Wednesday, July 1, is in custody. Kewanee Police Chief Troy Ainley confirmed this over the weekend.
A Princeton teen, Caleb Conrath, 17, was killed in the shooting, which took place in Hillview Trailer Park. A second victim in the shooting was transported to an area hospital and was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
The juvenile was taken into custody either late Wednesday or early Thursday morning, Ainley said. The name of the juvenile is not being released. Ainley did not comment if the juvenile willingly turned himself in to the officers.
A person of interest, Davijon Robinson, 18, of Kewanee, is alleged to have been involved in the shooting and is still at large.
“We encourage the public if they would see the subject to use extreme caution, and I would consider the subject armed and dangerous. Just observe and call the nearest law enforcement,” Ainley said.
“This is a shooting — that must always be considered,” he added when asked if the suspect is considered armed. “There was an act of extreme violence. We would consider that subject, for our purposes, to be considered still armed and dangerous.”
Shortly after the shooting took place last Wednesday, Princeton Police Department released that the persons of interest were in a vehicle that was a black or dark-colored Nissan Altima with a white male driver and a black male passenger with a white T-shirt armed with a gun.
The vehicle traveled to Kewanee where a Kewanee Police Officer saw the vehicle. As he was trying to approach it, the vehicle pulled over, and the subjects abandoned it near a small, wooded area and fled on foot, Ainley said.
The following day, Ainley said about eight different agencies were looking for the subject in Kewanee.
“We continue to follow any leads that would come through that would indicate that that subject is still in the Kewanee area. We are aware of where he was for part of the time. We are still looking,” he said.
On Friday, July 3, an arrest warrant was issued for Robinson.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Robinson should call the Princeton Police at 815-872-2351 or call the Kewanee Police at 309-853-1911.
People can also contact Bureau County Crime Stoppers at 800-939-6929. There is a reward of up to $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest of Robinson. All calls to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.
In a press release issued by Princeton Police Chief Tom Kammerer on July 4, he thanked multiple agencies for their assistance with the case including Kewanee Police, Bureau County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Woodhull Police Department, Bradford Police Department, DePue Police Department, Illinois State Police, Princeton Fire Department, Bureau County Coroner’s Office and Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office.
“I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Caleb Conrath. Our thoughts are with them as they grieve the loss of their brother and son. We would ask that the media respect their privacy during this difficult time,” he stated.
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