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Normal police arrest standoff subject on robbery charges

UPDATE (7:02 P.M.) — Police say Thomas B. Lewis, 36, was arrested and was taken into custody on robbery and aggravated fleeing charges.

Lewis was holed up in a house on Rainbow Avenue in Bloomington for 2.5 hours as police surrounded him. They believed he may have been armed, but Chief Rick Bleichner says it turned out he was not. They say they arrested him without incident.

No one else was inside the home when he was arrested.

A news release says this started as a domestic call they received before noon. They say Lewis was in the 1100 block of Maplewood Drive in Normal, but drove away before they could arrest him. They found him in Bloomington just before 3, and he was arrested at 5:19 p.m.

Police tell us the robbery charge stems from something they believe Lewis stole “from the victim’s person.”

UPDATE (5:15 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 (HOI) — 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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