On Thursday, March 2, 2017, law enforcement officers, detectives, and agents from the Rockford Area Violent Crimes Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a suspect, Mario Lambert. Lambert is currently wanted on a parole violation warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections and an Armed Robbery warrant from an out-of-state jurisdiction. Lambert was seen in the area of Chestnut Street and Winnebago Street driving a Tan Chevrolet Tahoe SUV with Illinois license plates. When officers attempted to apprehend Lambert, he fled in the vehicle and was never located.
On Monday, May 29, 2017 shortly after 7:00 p.m., officers received an anonymous call stating Lambert was at a large party in the 400 block of South Day Avenue. Lambert was wanted by the U.S. Marshals for Armed Robbery, as well as other pending charges. Upon arrival officers observed Lambert run into Henrietta Park, where a very large crowd was gathered for the party. A foot chase ensued and Lambert was eventually taken into custody and later lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. Lambert was charged as follows:
ARRESTED: Mario Lambert 33-years-old Rockford, Ill.
CHARGES: Resisting a Police Officer
U.S. Marshals Hold
Illinois Department of Corrections Hold
This is an active multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency investigation. No further information is available at this time.
The charges against Lambert are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.