Bloomington man facing gun charges after weapon found in downtown Bloomington

James Mathis, 35, of Bloomington. (Photo courtesy: Bloomington Police/Facebook)

By Blake Haas

BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington man with a felony record remains in the McLean County jail on gun charges.

Thursday morning, Bloomington Police responded to downtown Bloomington around 11:45 a.m. for a call of an armed subject.

According to a release, deputies were told a man appeared to hide something in a nearby alleyway, entered the courthouse, and returned to pick up the item, described as a gun.

With the help of safety cameras, Police located a firearm and charged James Mathis, 34, of Bloomington, with multiple charges.

Mathis remains behind bars on a $25,000 bond for felony possession of a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon.

In addition, the McLean County State’s Attorney’s office charged Mathis with no foid card, armed habitual criminal, and felony possession of a weapon.

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