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Seven arrested in connection to Bloomington residential entry



Seven people were arrested early Friday morning for residential entry into an apartment after coming in through an unlocked door.

Albert Lavelle, Jessica Bell, Vanenna Guy, Mary-Jo Neighbors, Stanley Staples and James Stewart are being held under the preliminary charges of residential entry. All are between the ages of 21 and 35. Blake Cunningham was arrested for residential entry, along with resisting law enforcement. 

The Bloomington Police Department received a call at around 3 a.m. to an apartment complex located at 1890 S. Walnut St. The caller stated there were people testing to see if doors to apartments in the complex were unlocked. 

Upon arrival, police saw through the window of the apartment one man, Blake Cunningham. They asked him who the apartment belonged to. He said he didn’t know. 

The police asked him to open the now-locked door. He declined and went to a back room in the apartment. After breaking down the door, the police found five people in the apartment: Jessica Bell, Vanenna Guy, Mary-Jo Neighbors, James Stewart and Stanley Staples. 

After arresting these five people, police found the back window open. Cunningham, the man they spoke to before, had fled with another man, Albert Lavelle. Police arrested them.

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