Man barricaded inside Indiana Memorial Union Hotel in Bloomington taken into custody after hours of negotiations


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University police took a man into custody after a tense situation inside the Indiana Memorial Union Hotel.

Police said the man barricaded himself inside a room there. Police received a call about a disturbance at the hotel around 8:20 p.m. Monday. The caller said guests heard someone making threats inside room 107.

IU police were then dispatched to the hotel and went to room 107. They heard a man from inside the room say, “Oh, the cops are here.” The man then said he wasn’t going to come out.

Officers secured the hallway and tried talking to the man to get him to come out. Members of the Critical Incident Response Team and Crisis Negotiations Team then arrived.

After several hours of negotiations and several attempts to get the man to surrender, the Critical Incident Response Team took the man, identified as Cecil L. Gilbert, into custody at 1:37 a.m. Tuesday.

He was the only person in the room, police said, and no weapons were found in the room with him. Gilbert is in custody and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Gilbert is facing misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement, trespassing and false informing.

During the disruption, police advised people to stay away from the area. Indiana University is currently on break, with classes set to resume on Monday, Jan. 10.

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