Suspects posed as cops in Peoria home invasion

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PEORIA -- Peoria police are investigating an early morning home invasion in which as many as seven people reportedly were taken hostage and the suspects reportedly posed as police officers.

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Peoria police catch three suspect in alleged home invasion - Peoria police are investigating an early morning home invasion in which as many as nine people reportedly were taken hostage.

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It happened at about 3 a.m. in the area of 75th and Peoria avenues.

According to investigators, between six and eight men tied up as many as seven people before robbing the home. Some of the victims told investigators the suspects were dressed like police and behaving the way officers might.

Police received a call about a burglary in progress, arriving on the scene just as the suspects were taking off in a truck.

Officers followed that truck, which wrecked not far from the scene.

Police caught three of the suspects, but the others managed to get away on foot.

Aries Gernero, 26, Daniel Rojas, 26 and Migel Xochicali, 33, are facing up to seven counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Genero and Xochicali, both convicted felons, will also face prohibited possessor charges.

Investigators said they found weapons and body armor in the suspects' truck.

"[There were] AR-15s, handguns, some of which may be automatic" said Jay Davies, civilian manager with the Peoria Police Department. "There's also what appears to be body armor-type clothing, things of that nature."

The case is under investigation.