DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Police say they have arrested three teenagers in connection to the deadly stabbing of three men.
Officers arrested 18-year-old Cloanger T.M. Robinson, Jr, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old. This comes after three men, Nathaniel Gentry, Anthony Jones, and Cordell Reed, Sr. were found dead in a house. In a news release, autopsy results indicate the victims died as a result of stab wounds and blunt force trauma.
The men were found dead in a house on Elm Street around 11 a.m. on Thursday. When officers got to the scene, they talked with a family member who said she went to the house to see a relative. When she got there, she found the men and called police.
Officers talked to witnesses and got several tips from the community that helped identify the suspects. Police were able to get more evidence and arrest the suspects.
Robinson and the 16-year-old were both charged with first degree murder. The 17-year-old was charged with aggravated robbery.
Three Kings of Peace Leader Ed Butler was friends with the victims inside the house. Through his working setting an example for Danville, he knew the suspects. He says finding out they could have done it was a big blow for him. ““We thought they were on the right track and we tell them all the time, ‘Hey man you need to talk? You need us to do anything for you? Like try to find you a job.’ Stuff like that. We try to open up our hearts to them you know,” said Butler.
The Danville School District 118 Superintendent, Dr. Alicia Geddis, said Robinson was a Danville student at one point. He was last in the district during the 2015-2016 school year. Another suspect was a student in an alternative school program, but not the Kenneth D. Bailey Academy. She says the third suspect did not attend Danville High School.
Geddis released a statement expressing her concern about the situation.
This is a very disturbing time for my city, but I know together we can find some solutions and turn this around. I believe that we can turn this around.Dr. Alicia Geddis
Danville School District 118 Superintendent
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Danville Police at (217) 431-2250.