On Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 8:40 a.m. patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to the 3300 block of Searles Avenue in reference to a female caller advising that she had been battered by her ex-boyfriend. While officers were en route, a concerned citizen called and advised that there was a male subject outside of the residence armed with a handgun. Upon arrival officers met with the victim and learned that her ex-boyfriend had kicked in her door to gain entry to her dwelling, then battered the victim and threatened her repeatedly with a handgun.
Detectives from the Rockford Police Department immediately began an investigation into the incident, the results of which were reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office who authorized charges of home invasion, armed habitual criminal, aggravated domestic battery, and domestic battery, and issued a warrant for 27-year-old Van D. Richardson of Rockford, Ill.
On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:52 p.m. patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department observed Richardson driving and after a short pursuit he was taken into custody in the 2100 block of Arthur Avenue. In addition to the aforementioned charges, Richardson was also charged with: Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Cannabis, Resisting Police, No Valid Driver’s License, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude, and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Richardson was also found to have additional warrants of Fleeing to Elude and Violation of Parole.
Richardson was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail in lieu of bond. A picture of Richardson is attached. This is an active investigation and no additional information is available at this time. Additional information may be released as it becomes available.
The charges against Williams are merely accusations and not evidence of his guilt. As with defendants in all criminal cases Williams is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.