Suspect in custody after standoff with Blo-No police

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The armed male suspect involved in a Friday afternoon standoff with Bloomington and Normal police officers is now in custody.

Police say 36-year-old Thomas B. Lewis has been charged with aggravated fleeing and robbery.

BPD Public Information Officer John Ferman said the situation started as a domestic dispute in Normal on Maplewood Drive.

They say Lewis then fled to Bloomington, locking himself inside a relative’s home on Rainbow Avenue.

“We tried to apprehend him and he ran from us. Eventually, he ended up back over here,” said Normal Lieutenant Tim Edmiaston.

Normal Police then waited for a search warrant and arrest warrant for almost three hours.

Just after 5 p.m., officers approached the home and Lewis ran.

“When we went into the front door, he went into the back,” said Edmiaston.

Lewis was eventually taken into custody around 5:19 p.m.

The situation left Rainbow Avenue temporarily impassable and many neighbors nearby were worried.

“It was very scary that it was this close to home, close to my mom,” said Lori Berry. Her mother lives a few homes down.

Others weren’t as concerned.

Next door neighbor, 99-year-old Eloise Piggelman was home the entire time.

“”I wasn’t afraid. I was probably the least bit afraid,” said Piggelman.

Police are still investigating the initial domestic call in Normal. They say additional charges may be filed in the coming days.

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This story will be updated.

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