BLOOMINGTON — Police are continuing their search for a man described as "armed and dangerous" and suspected of crashing a car into three other vehicles, injuring at least two people, and fleeing the scene on Sunday night.
Floyd E. Brown, 39, of Springfield, also is under investigation in Bloomington for a residential burglary, police said earlier this week.
It was not clear why Brown was in Bloomington, but court records indicate it was not his first visit to the Twin Cities.
Brown is on parole for a series of 2011 burglaries in McLean and Macon counties. In March 2011, he was arrested in Springfield by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and jailed. At the time, Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler, then a sergeant, said houses on the city’s far-east side were burglarized in February and March and the investigation led to Brown.
Police from Bloomington, Springfield and Decatur compared notes before issuing a warrant for his arrest in 2011.
He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, but with credit for good behavior, was released Jan. 23, and police believe he now lives in Springfield.
About 8 p.m. Sunday, police were investigating a burglary in the 3200 block of Dorset Court when they spotted Brown in the 900 block of Arcadia Drive, they said. According to police reports, he drove off in a black Dodge Charger through a parking lot and several backyards before getting back on the road near Oakland Avenue.
Police say he was driving without headlights and accelerated through the intersections of Veterans Parkway and General Electric Road before colliding with two vehicles. Two others were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Police have asked the public’s help in finding Brown, who is described as a light-skinned black male who is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds and has long black hair and brown eyes.
“We are still searching for him,” Bloomington Police Department Public Affairs Officer John Fermon told The Pantagraph on Wednesday.
Brown may have been injured in the crash, based on the damage to the Charger, police said.