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Bloomington Police arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly plowed through a crowd of post-rally marchers Sunday night in downtown Bloomington, injuring two people. 

Marshall Blanchard of Bloomington was arrested approximately three hours after the incident which occurred around 7 p.m. near the intersection of Madison and Front streets. 

The incident came after marchers circled through downtown Bloomington and returned to the McLean County Law and Justice Center complex and Grossinger Motors Arena area. 

An NAACP-sponsored rally took place outside the Law and Justice Center and ended around 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

According to BPD, Blanchard faces preliminary charges of reckless conduct, failure to obey a police officer and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

Blanchard is being held at the McLean County Jail. The motorcycle used in the incident was also located and towed. 

Bond will be set by a judge, either later Monday or Tuesday. 

Photos were quickly spread on social media appearing to show the suspect, a white man wearing a head scarf or bandana, and his license plate. The man in the photos looks like Blanchard. 

One of the victims is a 22-year-old female with injuries to her torso and legs. She was transported to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center’s Emergency Department for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the police, the second victim was a 28-year-old male with an arm injury who went to the emergency room at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. 

KELLIE FOY is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at vidette_kafoy1@ilstu.edu  Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy 


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