On Monday November 14, 2016 shortly after 6:30 p.m. patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to the Happy Wok, 2815 11th Street, in reference to an Armed Robbery investigation. When they arrived officers learned a black male suspect entered the restaurant armed with a handgun. The suspect approached the counter and demanded money from the employees. The suspect then fled the scene after obtaining an undisclosed amount of currency.
Detectives from the Rockford Police Department have been actively investigating this incident. The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the investigation in reference to the Armed Robbery at Happy Wok. As a result the State’s Attorney’s Office authorized charges and the Rockford Police Department obtained a warrant for Stokley C. Bledsoe. On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at about 3:00 p.m. Rockford Police Detectives arrested Bledsoe.
ARRESTED: Stokely C. Bledsoe Age 50, Rockford, IL
CHARGE: Armed Robbery
BOND: $250,000 @ 10%
Bledsoe was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.
Two other similar Armed Robbery incidents occurred at the following locations on the listed dates:
Family Dollar, 3124 N. Rockton Avenue, Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Fas Fuel, 3429 N. Main, Thursday, November 17, 2016
Rockford Police Detectives continue to investigate the possibility these incidents are related. This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
ON MONDAY, 11/14/16, AT ABOUT 1838 HOURS OFFICERS RESPONDED TO HAPPY WOK RESTAURANT 2815 11TH STREET IN REFERENCE THE BUSINESS BEING ROBBED. UPON ARRIVAL OFFICERS LEARNED A BLACK MALE ENTERED THE STORE AND GAVE A NOTE DEMANDING MONEY TO THE EMPLOYEE WORKING THE REGISTER WHILE POINTING A HANDGUN AT HER. THE SUSPECT TOOK USC FROM THE REGISTER AND FLED NORTH OUT OF THE STORE.
THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A BLACK MALE, 30’S WEARING BLACK STOCKING CAP, JEAN JACKET, BLUE JEANS ABOUT 5′ 06″, 150 POUNDS ARMED WITH A BLACK HANDGUN.