Two arrested after arson and tires slashed Wednesday morning

Peru Police Department – Studstill Media Photo

PERU – The Peru Police Department say two men are in custody, suspected of being involved in a possible arson plus multiple tires slashed early Wednesday. They say around 3:30 AM they received a call to the Kenmar Trailer Court on 4th St in Peru for a possible fire.  The fire was mostly extinguished by residents when crews arrived, and the cause is suspected to be from fireworks.   A short time later Peru Police were notified of numerous cases of tires on automobiles slashed throughout the southwest and western sections of the city.  Peru Police Chief Bernabei say that 30-year-old Kurtis A. Kelchner of Mendota and 33-year-old Daniel J. Hodge of Peru were arrested and charged with felony criminal damage to property.  

Kurtis A. Kelchner – Photo LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office

Daniel J. Hodge – Photo LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office