Arrest Made In Mendota Car Theft; Peoria Man Facing Additional Charges

Amorta I. Nelson – Photo Peoria Police Department

MENDOTA – A Peoria man in is custody after an investigation into a car theft in Mendota earlier this week. On March 27th, Mendota police responded to a call of a vehicle being stolen near the I-39 interchange at a business. Later that same day, the vehicle was recovered in Peoria with gunfire damage. On Wednesday, the Peoria Police and East Peoria Police along with the US Marshals Service took 20-year-old Amorta I. Nelson of Peoria into custody after investigating a shooting involving the stolen vehicle. A search of his motel room allegedly found a handgun and ammunition. Nelson if facing a number of charges, including Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Aggravated Assault, and five others. He was also wanted on prior charges included possession of a stolen vehicle. He is being held without bond at the Peoria County Jail.