Teen accused of trying to kill ex-girlfriend on Peoria campus

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PEORIA -- Peoria High School was placed on lockdown for a time Monday morning after a suspect who had threatened to shoot his ex-girlfriend was seen on campus.

According to Mike Tellef of the Peoria Police Department, the resource officer assigned to the school reported the situation at about 7:20 a.m.

Police talked to the teen and learned that the threat against her had been made fairly recently. When she arrived at school this morning, she said her ex-boyfriend was waiting for her. The girl escaped to the safety of a classroom and contact the school resource officer.

According to the 16-year-old girl's family, there have been ongoing issues with the suspect over the past few months. They said the suspect actually lived with them for a time after he was kicked out of his own home.

It's not clear if the suspect was armed when the teen saw him this morning, although he reportedly does have access to a weapon.

The school was placed on lockdown so officers could search for the suspect, who is not currently a student at the school.

He was found shortly before 8:30 a.m. at a nearby apartment complex. He was taken into custody. Police are trying to determine if he was actually armed.

The girl was not injured.