Bloomington PD deployed teams of officers in response to the potential looting across the city early this week.
A large crowd gathered at the Eastland Mall (1615 E. Empire St) following a post on social media directing people to engage in a “Parking Lot Party“. Approximately 200 people attended at the gathering initially but many of them left the area after an unknown subject broke out a store window at the mall.
Approximately 100 people returned to the mall in a caravan of vehicles – stopping near the Kohls department store. Shortly after they arrived, one male broke off from the group and damaged a squad car’s windshield with others throwing rocks and other projectiles at officers. As this was taking place several subjects broke the glass on the front of the Kohl’s store, entered and began looting the store.
Officers successfully utilized a non-lethal chemical gas to disperse the crowd while also making arrests of looters. 7 Arrests made -12:05 a.m. - 1615 E. Empire St. All subjects arrested for Burglary, Mob Action, and Looting -Charles J. Foster, 27, Bloomington, Illinois -Maya M. Pizano, 20, Dubuque, Iowa -Tamika N. Foster, 24, Bloomington, Illinois -Joseph D. Matthews, 39, Normal, Illinois -Stephanie L. Lancaster, 37, Bloomington, Illinois - additional charge of Endangering the life of a Child -Kenleia R. Sims, 27, Normal, Illinois - additional charge of Resisting/Obstructing a Police Officer Today at approximately 12:30 p.m.,
Officers located and arrested Micah L. Pacquette, 22, of Bloomington at his residence. During the arrest, officers located and seized stolen property. Micah was arrested for Mob Action, Aggravated Battery, Burglary, two counts of Criminal Damage to Property, and Possession of Stolen Property.
Part of the anti-crime team responded to a shots fire call in the 900 block of IAA Drive. Officers then located a business at 812 IAA Drive being burglarized. The three suspects saw the officers and attempted to flee.
One suspect fled on foot. The two others tried to drive away but crashed the vehicle on IAA Drive. Both the driver and passenger attempted to flee on foot. All three suspects were caught and arrested. Arrested were: Darrius Robinson, 27, Normal, Illinois - Reckless Driving, Burglary, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer Donald Jackson, 23, Normal, Illinois -Burglary, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer Roosevelt D. Woods, 23, of Bloomington, Illinois -Obstructing Identification, Burglary, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer
Officers then observed a vehicle with no taillights and stopped the vehicle near Empire St. and Prospect Rd. As a result of the traffic stop, officers located stolen merchandise and rocks. All subjects were arrested for Burglary, Mob Action, and Possession of Stolen Property. Arrested were: -A 16 year old female from Bloomington, Illinois -Two 17 year old males from Chicago, Illinois -Kalyia G. Washington, 18, Streamwood, Illinois -Lance M. Monden, 19, Chicago, Illinois -Kintrell Williams, 19, Chicago, Illinois