On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 shortly after 4:00 p.m., patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to a residence in the 700 block of Green Meadow Avenue in reference to a home invasion. When they arrived officers learned that two black male suspects, both wearing neon colored safety vests, rang the doorbell to the residence. When a male resident answered the door the suspects identified themselves as employees of a local utility company. One of the suspects then displayed a handgun and threatened the victim. The two suspects then forced their way into the residence and were followed a short time later by several more suspects.
Once inside, the suspects removed an undisclosed amount of valuables from the residence prior to fleeing the scene. The male resident sustained minor injuries during the incident. Two juveniles who were present inside the home were not injured.
Detectives from the Rockford Police Department are conducting a follow-up investigation into the incident. Based on the investigation thus far and thanks to information provided by the public, investigators have been able to identify two of the suspects and the suspect vehicle. That information has been shared with other area law enforcement agencies.
On Thursday, May 11, 2017 members of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police located one of the suspects, 47-year-old Anthony Alexander, driving the suspect vehicle in the 5600 block of Alma Drive. Alexander was taken into custody and the suspect vehicle was impounded. Alexander was subsequently charged with Home Invasion and was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail where he is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the investigation to this point. As a result, charges were authorized and a warrant was issued for a second suspect, 39-year-old Tyrone Jones. The warrant for Jones has yet to be served and his whereabouts are unknown.
ARRESTED: Anthony Alexander 47-year-old, Rockford, IL
CHARGE: Home Invasion
BOND: $500,000 / 10 %
WANTED: Tyrone Jones, 39-years-old,Rockford, IL
CHARGE: Home Invasion (Warrant)
BOND: $250,000 / 10%
Anyone with information about the possible identities of the remaining suspects or Jones’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department Investigations Bureau, 779-500-6551, or Crime Stoppers, 815-963-7867.
The charges against both Alexander and Jones are merely accusations and not evidence of their guilt. As with defendants in all criminal cases Alexander and Jones are considered innocent unless proven guilty in court