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Police respond to two reported assaults, attempted burglary Monday



Assault with knife

A 21-year-old man told police his brother punched him and threatened him with knives at 2:15 a.m. Monday in their shared house on East Cottage Grove.

The 21-year-old man said he came home from classes before packing belongings from his closet because he wanted to leave to have a break from his 30-year-old brother.

The younger brother told police his older brother punched him and pushed him backward when he found out he was leaving.

The suspect reportedly took his younger brother’s backpack with his school materials and threatened to destroy it.

The younger brother told officers he followed the suspect inside the house to get the backpack before the older brother grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened him. The older brother then reportedly ripped the younger one’s shirt and cut it with the knife.

The 21-year-old man told police his older brother left the room, returned with a retractable knife and began swinging it at his brother.

The victim ran out of the house before going to a friend’s house to wait for his mother. The younger brother and mother then drove to the Bloomington Police Department to report the 30-year-old brother.

Police have yet to locate the suspect. The investigation is ongoing.

Assault with other weapon

A 57-year-old man reported his 26-year-old son for assault after accusing him of hitting him with a table lamp at 9 p.m. Monday.

The father told police his son hit him in the back of the head with the lamp and then his fists after he asked the son to leave his apartment on the 1400 block of North Arlington Park Drive.

The father reported that he tried to call the police, but the son punched the phone out of his hands, leading to an added charge of interfering with the reporting of a crime.

Officers reported visible bruises and cuts on the father’s neck and face. They also found a damaged lampshade and pieces of a lamp on the floor by the couch.

The father said he and his son had been drinking, and his son had a bit too much.

As of Tuesday morning, the suspect has not been located.

Attempted burglary

Police received reports of an attempted burglary after a 13-year-old boy found the back door of his house open after coming home from school at 3:15 p.m. Monday.

The boy told police he called his father who told him to go inside and check the house. When he went in through the back, he said he heard the front door close.

The boy reported that he did not see anyone but noticed many belongings had been moved around. His PlayStation had been pulled out, and the shotgun normally kept on a gun rack was left on the parents’ bedroom floor.

The parents reported the incident after they came home at 5:20 p.m. that evening. They told police they had not noticed anything stolen.

BPD Sgt. Ryan Pedigo said it is important for people to call the police immediately after noticing that someone may be in their home. He said entering the residence is not a good idea.

“Don’t put your child or yourself in a dangerous situation,” Pedigo said. “That’s what we get paid to do. Please call us so we can help.”

Christine Fernando

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