PEORIA (HOI) - A Peoria man has been arrested and charged with using the internet to incite rioting from May 31st to June 1st. Ca'Quintez Gibson is in the custody of U.S. Marshals pending a detention hearing on June 8, 2020.
“The alleged actions by this defendant are an orchestrated effort to incite riots, incite looting, and cause general mayhem. Thanks to the coordinated effort of the Peoria Police Department and the FBI, he was quickly identified and safely apprehended,” said U.S. Attorney John Milhiser.
According to the affidavit filed, Gibson appeared in four Facebook Live videos posted on May 31 and referenced 50 people gathering at Northwoods Mall that night in Peoria. According to the Department of Justice, Gibson is quoted as saying in the video, “Y’all gonna see me there. And we ain’t with that peaceful s---.” and, “I’m not watchin’ no other city on … TV. They sent that b--- up. … Let’s send our s--- up.”
In other social media videos, Gibson is seen encouraging people to meet at Landmark Recreation Center as well.
The Peoria Police Department and the FBI Springfield Division are conducting the investigation.
If convicted, the statutory penalty is up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and three years of supervised release.