Update from the RPD:
On Sunday, February 26, 2017, members of the Rockford Police Department S.C.O.P.E Team were conducting surveillance in the 3300 block of 11th Street. Shortly before 10:00 p.m. officers observed what they believed to be an Armed Robbery taking place at the Subway restaurant, 3313 11th Street. The officers radioed for assistance and waited until the suspect, later identified as Nicholas Duncan, exited the restaurant in order to take him into custody.
When he exited the business Duncan fled on foot and officers pursued him in their vehicles. Duncan continued to flee until he reached a tall fence which he was unable to scale. Duncan then turned towards the officers and pointed his gun in the direction of the officers in their vehicle. Believing that Duncan was preparing to shoot in their direction and fearing for their safety, the officers struck Duncan with their unmarked squad car. The impact caused Duncan to fall onto the hood of the squad car and drop his gun. Duncan was then taken into custody without further incident. It was later determined that the gun Duncan was armed with was actually a B.B. pistol. The collision with the squad car was minimal and Duncan refused medical treatment after being examined by Rockford Fire Department personnel. No one inside the Subway was injured during the robbery.
Members of the Rockford Police Department Violent Crimes Unit were called in to conduct a follow-up investigation. As a result Duncan was lodged on the following charges:
ARRESTED: Nicholas Duncan, 18 years old, Davis Junction, IL
On Friday, February 24, 2017, at about 9:30 p.m. the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police responded to a similar Armed Robbery at the Subway Restaurant, 5022 South Main Street. After the arrest of Nicholas Duncan, detectives from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police were able to connect him to that robbery. As a result, Duncan was charged with an additional count of Armed Robbery. A photo of Duncan is attached.
Detectives from both agencies are continuing to investigate the possibility that Duncan is responsible for other similar incidents in the Rockford area. Anyone with information regarding these investigations is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department 779/500-6551, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police 815/319-6432 or Crime Stoppers 815/963-7867.
The charges against Duncan are merely accusations and not evidence of his guilt. As with defendants in all criminal cases Duncan is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.
Credit: RS Fan