BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Authorities announced Thursday that they have made nine arrests in connection to several attacks that happened in Bloomington.
Police say that on August 13 four juveniles, ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old, were arrested by the Bloomington Police Department for Mob Action, Robbery, and Aggravated Battery.
The juveniles were arrested in connection with three attacks, all reported on August 13 in Bloomington.
On August 18, three more juveniles, ranging in age from 14 to 15 years old, were arrested by the Bloomington Police Department for Robbery, Mob Action, and Aggravated Battery.
These arrests were in connection with an attack that occurred on August 18, 2013, in Bloomington.
The victim reported three males battered him outside of an apartment building in the 200 block of S. Prospect Road. The suspects then stole the victim's property and fled.
Two adult males were arrested in connection to an attack that occurred in the 300 block of S. Allin Street, Bloomington. The victim told police that he was attacked and had property stolen from him by three suspects.
Marcus L. Winlow, 20, was arrested on July 25 for Robbery, Aggravated Battery, and Mob Action. On August 7, 2013 Shawndell L. Wright, 18, was arrested for Robbery and Mob Action.
Acting Assistant Police Chief Ken Bays says the teens would gather in groups in various spots across the city. They would then attack their victim, who was usually alone, then beat and rob them.
"We've tried to be very proactive with our Criminal Intelligence Unit, they are constantly checking the pulse of what's going on. They'll look at situations and start to see similarities between them stopping short of trends," Bays said.
The last string of arrests similar to these kind of incidents was roughly 5 years ago.