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5 women allegedly attack female, steal items from her car, and flee. But victim fights back by crashing into their vehicle, leading to their arrests.

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L to R: Latticia L. Carter; Danyelle A. Collins; Miyana A. Garner; Chantazea S. Roebuck; Marquisha D. Friend (Image source: Peoria County Jail, Illinois, composite)

Five women attacked an adult female in a parking lot in the 3800 block of N. Columbus Ave. in Peoria, Illinois, just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, stole items from the victim's vehicle, and fled, according to police.

But the victim apparently made up her mind that her attackers weren't going to get away so easily.

What happened next?

Police said the victim immediately gave chase and soon crashed into the suspects’ vehicle on Adams Street and Woodlawn Avenue. The scene of the crash is about two miles south of where the alleged physical attack and theft took place.

One of the suspects sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital and later released into police custody, police said.

All of the suspects were transported to the Peoria Police Department for interviewing and were arrested, police said.

Who are the suspects?

The suspects are identified as Latticia L. Carter, 22; Danyelle A. Collins, 20; Miyana A. Garner, 18; Chantazea S. Roebuck, 18; and Marquisha D. Friend, 18, police said.

Police said all five women were charged with mob action; records show they all were released from Peoria County Jail the very next day — Wednesday.

Police added that all five received the following additional charges:

  • Carter was charged with theft.
  • Collins was charged with aggravated battery. Jail records indicate she had been charged in prior incidents for aggravated assault (June 2021) and aggravated domestic battery (September 2021).
  • Garner was charged with aggravated battery and burglary to a motor vehicle.
  • Roebuck was charged was aggravated battery.
  • Friend was charged with aggravated battery.

Anything else?

Readers commenting on a Belleville News-Democrat story about the incident which was reprinted in Yahoo! News were happy the victim took action:

  • "Even with the storm being depressing this story made my day better," one commenter wrote.
  • "Bravo to the lady for her action," another commenter said. "Must learn to protect [your] own property; law enforcement is not always there. Kudos to the courageous lady!"
  • "Good for her. Glad she is OK," another commenter wrote. "The other 5? Too bad they were not neutralized."
  • "Right on!" another commenter exclaimed. "Take back our streets, we've had enough!"
  • "Good for her. Too bad the cretins had only minor injuries. Let's face it; they will get off with a slap on the wrist. At least if they had serious injuries they would learn that actions have consequences. I hope the victim realizes the need to protect herself and gets a pistol permit," another commenter noted.

Numerous commenters also indicated concern about possible legal action against the victim; one predicted the suspects "will probably sue her for damages and pain and suffering!"

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