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UPDATE: Police arrest standoff subject on robbery, fleeing charges

UPDATE (7:10 P.M.) — Normal Police responded to a domestic call in the 1100 block of Maplewood Drive around 11:50 a.m. Friday. That’s when officers said they saw 36-year-old Thomas B. Lewis get into a car and drive away from the scene.

They add they later located Lewis in Bloomington shortly after 2:50 p.m. at a residence on Rainbow Avenue. He was taken into custody around 5:19 p.m. Friday on robbery and aggravated fleeing charges. Police say he was tasered after trying to run out the back door.

Lewis was the only person inside the house when he was arrested.

Police say the robbery charge is associated with something they believe Lewis stole “from the victim’s person.” Officers initially said Lewis may have been armed, but later clarified he did not have a weapon on him.

UPDATE (5:25 P.M.) — Normal police have the armed suspect in custody. Our crew is still on scene waiting for more information.

UPDATE (4:19 P.M.) — Police officers have set a perimeter around the scene of a standoff in the 2600 block of Rainbow Avenue in Bloomington.

Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner said officers have surrounded the scene with the threat of an armed suspect. Officers originally went to serve a felony arrest warrant for a domestic related situation to the person before the incident.

Bleichner said the home is not the suspects, but a family member’s.

BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) — Bloomington Police are asking people to stay out of the 2600 block of Rainbow Avenue due to a potential armed subject.

The BPD made the announcement on their Facebook page at about 2:55 p.m. Friday (July 12).

This story will be updated.


Drew Veskauf

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