A young East Peoria man wasn’t about to let four people who drove to his home to buy marijuana leave without paying last Thursday, charges allege.

Austin Brown, 18, and a juvenile with him dove through a window of the buyers’ car. As the juvenile shot two occupants with a BB gun, Brown put a pistol to the head of a third and demanded $65 for the marijuana or the car’s keys, the victims told police.

That led to a charge Friday of aggravated vehicle hijacking with a firearm against Brown, who allegedly got the keys but apparently never drove the car from his home. Police found him there and recovered the handgun soon after the incident.

After posting a $1,000 cash bond Monday, Brown was released from jail pending prosecution on the charge that’s punishable by six to 30 years in prison. He has no prior criminal record.

Deasia Strong told police of plans she made with Destiny Ritchey and two other people, who were not identified in court records, to drive to Brown’s home at 316 Terminal St., obtain the drug and take off without paying.

When they arrived, Brown approached their vehicle with the juvenile, handed a small bag to Ritchey and demanded his pay. Ritchey responded by telling Strong, the driver, to “go,” according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.

Brown reacted swiftly. He jumped through the car’s open rear window, followed by the juvenile who pulled out his BB gun and injured the two back seat passengers with shots as the assailants demanded their pay, the affidavit stated.

Strong said Brown produced a handgun, put it to Ritchey’s head “and demanded they either give the two $65 or give up their car.” Ritchey confirmed the story, the affidavit stated. Strong said she gave Brown her car’s keys. The affidavit provided no further details of the incident.

After police were summoned, the juvenile confirmed he was aware Brown had a gun with him during the incident. His identity and possible charges filed against him in juvenile court were not available.

Brown is next due in court Oct. 26.

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