On February 22, 2017 at about 2:00 p.m., members of the Rockford Police Department Housing Authority Unit were on patrol in the Orton Keys Housing development when they observed a suspicious vehicle parked unoccupied in the 600 block of Ranger Street. Upon approach of the vehicle, officers observed a handgun. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was being driven by 20-year-old Rockford resident, Maurice Buchanan. Officers located Buchanan in the 2800 block of Echo Street where he was taken into custody and charged with the following offenses:
Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Gang Member
Buchanan was transported to the Winnebago County Jail where he was lodged.
No further information is available at this time. Additional information may be released at it becomes available.
The charges against Buchanan are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.