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Bloomington vigil

Candles were lit at a vigil last month for three men shot to death in an apartment on Riley Drive in Bloomington. 

BLOOMINGTON – The man suspected of killing three people and injuring a four-year-old boy in Bloomington was arrested Thursday night in Milwaukee during a drug bust.

Sydney T. Mays Jr., 25 of Bloomington, was arrested by Milwaukee officers. Several other people also were taken into custody on suspicion of drug offenses.

A team of Bloomington Police Department detectives and staff from the McLean County State's Attorney's Office have traveled to Milwaukee. A police statement said the case "remains an active investigation."

The arrest of Mays was announced early Friday by Bloomington police, who have been investigating the triple murder since June 18.

Mays was named on McLean county warrants charging him with six counts of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery.

Mays is accused of fatally shooting Nate Pena, 22; Corey Jackson, 22; and Juan Carlos Perez, 33. A 4-year-old boy also was injured.

Police called to the scene about 2:43 p.m. June 18 found the three dead of gunshot wounds. Pena's son was critically injured.

A review of court records shows Mays failed to appear June 27 for a court appearance on a pending domestic battery case. He also is charged with interfering with the filing of a domestic violence report.

Mays’ criminal history includes a string of misdemeanor and traffic offenses in McLean County.

He is on probation for a 2016 burglary conviction. That same year, he pleaded guilty and was given court supervision for assault.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Detective Tim Power, (309) 434-2579, or Detective Brad Melton, (309) 434-2537.