Princeton murder suspect on the lam nearly a year after trailer park shooting

‘We think there are people ... who know where he is at,’ Princeton chief says

PRINCETON — A year after a 17-year-old was shot to death outside his home, police appear no closer to catching the suspect they said is responsible for murder.

On July 1, 2020, Caleb E. Conrath was pronounced dead at Perry Memorial Hospital after Princeton Police and Bureau County Sheriff’s Office were called to Hillview trailer park shortly after 3 p.m. for a reported shooting.

Shortly after interviewing witnesses at the scene, police released they were on the lookout for a black or dark-colored Nissan Altima, which was later located in Kewanee. Davijon Robinson, of Kewanee, was developed as a suspect in the shooting and police believed Robinson was headed to the area immediately after the incident, however, they were unable to locate him in the weeks after the shooting.

Princeton Police Chief Tom Kammerer said the investigation into Robinson’s whereabouts still is underway.

“We are still actively looking for Robinson,” Kammerer said. “We have a warrant for him for murder.”

Kammerer said U.S. marshals are assisting in the search.

“We think there are people in Kewanee and Chicago who know where he is at however they aren’t cooperating,” Kammerer said.

“We would really like to find him to bring some closure to the family.”