The Bloomington Police Department has made nine arrests over several attacks that took place this month. The incidents involved groups of at least two attackers beating and robbing residents on the street. Two attacks were conducted by juveniles from the ages of 13-16. Sara Mayer of the Bloomington Police Department says one victim was hospitalized, but otherwise there were no injuries. She says public safety was the biggest concern during the investigation.
"We had issued basically a safety alert earlier this month about we had noticed several patterns of groups of three or more conducting these attacks," she says. "I don't think we're the only city that's encountering this."
Mayer says the department's work will benefit the community.
"The patrol officers, as well as our criminal investigation division, the detectives, both worked really well together," she says. "They did a lot of great of police work to make these arrests, and I definitely think it's going to contribute to the public safety."
All of the suspects were charged with robbery, mob action, and in most of the cases, aggravated battery. They were transported to either the McLean County Juvenile Detention Center or jail.
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