PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria police arrested Elander L. Simmons on multiple charges after his employer reported his behavior to the police.

Police were called to a business in the 1000 block of W. Detweiller just before noon on Friday, Aug. 5 for reports of a male employee, identified as Simmons, making threats to the staff.

33-year-old Simmons was located nearby the business when police arrived. Officers witnessed Simmons discard a backpack, which they later discovered carried a loaded handgun.

Police seized the firearm and placed Simmons into custody without incident.

Simmons was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of cannabis. He was transported to the Peoria County Jail.

If you have any information regarding any violent crimes, please contact the Peoria Police Department at (309) 673-4521, tip411 (anonymously), or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at (309) 673-9000.