Bloomington Police Press release

No mention of concealed carry?  No, the police is there for you.  The 2nd amendment must mean call the police, you aren’t able to defend yourself.  

History shows attacks stop when the thugs don’t know who is ready and able to defend themselves.  Check the crime rates in Florida after concealed carry was passed.  Illinois, soon you will be able!


The Bloomington Police Department wants to warn citizens about an increase in Aggravated Battery incidents late at night. The incidents are happening between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. The victims report they were all walking alone when they were attacked. The suspects travel in groups of three or more and have been described as black males in their late teens or early twenties. The suspects demand money and then physically batter the victims. The majority of the incidents have occurred on the west side of Bloomington. The investigation into the attacks continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bloomington Police Department at 309-434-2963. The Bloomington Police Department urges citizens to take precautions to avoid being an easy target, and follow the safety tips listed below.

Stay on well-lit, highly-traveled streets.
Walk close to the curb, away from shrubbery, buildings and other dark places where a would-be attacker could be hidden.
Avoid taking shortcuts through wooded areas, unfamiliar neighborhoods, parking lots or alleys.
Avoid walking alone.
Don’t carry or flash around a lot of cash, expensive jewelry or electronics.
Don’t allow someone to distract you, as criminals sometimes work in pairs. One may ask you for directions fake an injury or beg for money.      The other one may be out of your sight, but ready to overpower you.

If you believe someone is following you, immediately cross the street or switch direction. Walk toward or into an open business and if provoked, scream for help.

Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach the door.
Don’t wear headphones when walking late at night. You will be distracted from hearing what’s around and behind you.
If You Are Attacked remain calm and try not to panic.

If the attacker is only after your purse, wallet, or valuables, do not resist. You don’t want to escalate a property crime into a violent physical confrontation. Your property can be replaced.

Make a conscious effort to get an accurate description of the suspect, such as age, race, complexion, body build, height, weight, type and color of clothing.

Call the police immediately, providing your name and location. Remain until help arrives.

No further information is available at this time.

(Bloomington Police Department media releases can also be found on the police department web site, which can be accessed at . From the police main page, then click on “News/Media Releases” in the left menu.)

Sara Mayer
Public Affairs Officer
Bloomington (IL) Police Department
[email protected] or [email protected]
(309) 434-2355

7 thoughts on “Bloomington Police Press release

  1. If I could give you some helpful advice. Go to 10-8 Outfitters behind Arby’s on Empire Street and get some Sabre Red pepper spray (15 to 35 shots depending on the size you get) or get the Pepper Blaster by Kimber. Either of these will stop a perp in their tracks! Their eyes slam shut and their breathing is cut way down. It will keep them down for about an hour, long enough for you to get away. Plenty of time for police to arrive and apprehend the dirt bags! 😛

  2. NYPD uses Sabre Red and so does the Blooming Police Department and yes you can also use it!

  3. Wow, people get attacked in this town? No kidding! Could-a, should-a, would-a, issued this statement years ago. Maybe the local mass bicycling crews could take their protest to the west side at night and show them that they can ride wherever they want, when they want.

    1. mudd, there should be a law against drinking and blogging because you make no logical sense buddy!

      1. Try to understand the sarcasm Chuck. Haven’t had a drink in 20 years so you might want to ask for a refund on that psychic course you took at the community college, buddy.

          1. OK mudd! So it was sarcasm…………I guess I missed it buddy but now I’ve got it. THANKS! 😛

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