Arrests made in triple homicide


DANVILLE — Police made three arrests in connection with Thursday's discovery of three bodies in the 400 block of Elm Street.

Cloanger T.M. Robinson Jr, 18, of Danville, as well as two teenagers, are in custody, according to a release from Police Commander Joshua Webb.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate the three victims died from stab wounds and blunt force trauma, according police.

Robinson has been charged with first-degree murder. The second suspect — a 16-year-old Danville male — whose name was not released due to his age, also was charged with first-degree murder. The third suspect — a 17-year old Danville male — has been charged with aggravated robbery. His name also was not released.

"Due to the ongoing investigation, many of the details of this case are not going to be released to the public until further analysis of the evidence has been completed," Webb said in the release. "All three suspects remain in custody awaiting their arraignments in Vermilion County Court."

Danville police responded around 11 a.m. Thursday to an address in the 400 block of Elm for a report of three men with injuries unresponsive in a residence.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a family member who said she had gone to the house to see a relative when she discovered the men and called for police assistance.

Officers entered the residence and observed the victims were deceased and had suffered obvious signs of trauma. Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden later later identified as the three as Nathaniel N. Gentry, 65; Anthony D. Jones, 60; and Cordell J. Reed Sr., 67, all of Danville.

The investigation was treated as a homicide with the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit and the Vermilion County Coroner's Office providing assistance.

During the course of the follow-up investigation, Danville detectives spoke with witnesses and received several tips that helped identify three persons of interest. Those persons were then located by detectives and taken to the Public Safety Building for further investigation.

As the investigation continued and more evidence was gathered, those persons of interest became suspects in the case and they were taken into custody, police said.

The investigation into this incident continues. Anyone who has information regarding the incident is asked to call Danville Police at (217) 431-2250 or Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.

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