Wanted South Carolina man with stolen handgun and large amount of cash arrested

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Peoria Police Target Offender Unit worked with the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest a man who laundered nearly $60,000 and had a stolen firearm Friday.

42-year-old Francisco Maldanado-Molina was located and arrested at approximately 11:30 a.m. on the 1500 block of S Westmoreland. He was arrested on a no-bond warrant out of South Carolina for 2 counts of homicide from a 2016 case.

The Peoria Police Department’s criminal report on the incident stated Maldanado-Molina was in possession of a backpack at the time of his arrested with a loaded gun that was stolen from Louisa County and $59,775 in cash.

Police also found fake documents for Maldanado-Molina and his family and determined that they are not legal residents of the United States.

Maldanado-Molina was also arrested for possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, and money laundering.

Maldanado-Molina is currently in the Peoria County jail awaiting extradition to Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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