Male victim dies from injuries after home invasion, police still searching for suspect

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UPDATE 9/28/18:

On Sept 11, someone broke into a home on Albert Street in Washington, injuring a man and a woman. 

On Wednesday, 44-year-old Jason Pownall died from his injuries. 

The woman was released from the hospital the day of the incident. 

Friday, Chief of Police Dick Ganschow tells WMBD that they’re still trying to narrow down the person or persons responsible.

He said that their entire investigative division is working on this case working to get a profile of the suspect. 

“I cannot sit here and say today that we have a definite suspect or a name to provide,” said East Peoria Police Chief Dick Ganschow. “I think we’re reaching the point where if it proves where we identify an individual suspect, I think we’re going to have to come back out to you folks and to the public and say this is what we have. Can you help us?”

The chief says they’ve also put flyers up in the neighborhood.

“It’s proven to be a difficult investigation and we’re going to continue to check out every lead,” said Chief Ganschow. “We’re working as closely as we can with our partners in Peoria and surrounding communities to put together any kind of profile we can.”

He says he hopes flyers will encourage residents to call and report anything out of the ordinary that day to help them narrow down their search for a suspect.  

Those who have any information pertaining to this home invasion are asked to call East Peoria Police at (309) 698-4700.

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The male victim of the Sunnyland home invasion from Sept. 11 died Wednesday after succumbing to his injuries, Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood confirmed. 

The victim, 44-year-old Jason T. Pownall, suffered severe blunt force head injuries, as well as associated complications from that trauma. He was pronounced dead at 12:36 p.m.

Pownall, who was critically injured in the incident, had been transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center with a 35-year-old female. 

The East Peoria Police Department first responded to a report of a home invasion at 5:18 a.m. at 108 Albert St. in Washington that day. East Peoria police have since said they’ve made headway, but the investigation remains very much ongoing.

“The male victim still remains at OSF at this time,” said Dick Ganschow, Chief of East Peoria Police on Sept. 12.

Neighbors spoke out about the invasion saying those hurt were always willing to help others.

“It’s heartbreaking, Kyrie Cloud said. “We’ve been here ten years and never had an issue like this. We had some break-ins over the years but nothing to this extent.”

The person responsible for the invasion stole a car to get away. 

“That vehicle was recovered in Peoria,” Ganschow said. “We have that vehicle now and the state police are canvassing that for evidence as well. If we get to the point that we feel that we have a suspect that we are looking for or a specific person or a specific vehicle of any kind, then we’ll put that information out and see if the public can give us some help.” 

Until that time comes, officers do stress there are precautions the community can take.

“Look out for your neighbors,” said Ganschow. “Look out for your own property. Lock your doors. Be aware of your surroundings.  And by all means, if you see anything suspicious or anyone suspicious call the police and let us get an officer out there to check it out.”

Those who have any information pertaining to this home invasion are asked to call East Peoria Police at (309) 698-4700.

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