On 02/16/2017 around 7pm, Rockford Police were dispatched to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, 5666 East State Street in reference to a theft investigation. Upon arrival, officers spoke to a female victim who stated that her laptop was stolen from her office.
Rockford Police Detectives conducted a follow up investigation. As a result of this investigation, the case was reviewed with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. They authorized charges of Burglary against the suspect, 63 year old Chicago resident Willie Horton. A warrant was subsequently issued for Horton.
On 03/21/2017 shortly before 11pm, members of the Rockford Police SCOPE team located Horton at the Town and Country Motel, 4422 11th Street. Officers discovered that Horton was also wanted out of DuPage County, IL for Burglary. He was taken into custody at that time. Officers learned that Horton was suffering from an undisclosed medical condition. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He is currently under police guard.
This is an on-going investigation. No further information is available at this time.
The charges against Horton are merely accusations. He is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law