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Bloomington man pleads guilty to April 2018 burglary



A Bloomington man pleaded guilty to burglary Thursday in court as part of a plea agreement for an April 2018 crime. Other charges of armed robbery and battery were dropped. 

Michael Akins, 21, was accused of robbing a young couple, Christopher Young and Kylie Flinn, at gunpoint around 9 p.m. April 2, 2018.

The couple told Bloomington Police a woman they identified as Stevanie Simmons came to their apartment that night. Simmons told the couple she had been sent by Akins, who had previously stayed at their apartment for a couple of weeks, to retrieve the rest of his possessions. 

The victims told Simmons that Akins didn’t have anything left at the apartment and wasn’t welcome, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Akins then came around a corner, punched Young in the face and pointed a gun at the couple, Young said. He then tried to pull Flinn into the apartment with him. As Young tried to pull Flinn away from Akins, another man, who Young identified as Soloman Kelly, appeared and began pushing Young away from Flinn. 

Young was eventually able to pull her free and followed Akins into the apartment, he said.

Akins took Flinn’s smartphone and tablet, Young said. When he came back out, Akins pointed the gun at Flinn and Young again. 

“I should have blown your head off,” he said to Young, according to the probable cause affidavit. 

“I’m coming to kill you next, bitch,” he said to Flinn before leaving.  

Flinn had briefly dated Akins in the past, she told police. She and Young had a son who was upstairs in the apartment at the time of the robbery, she said. 

Akins also pleaded guilty to an escape charge from a different case. He is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

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