On Monday, August 21, 2017 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Rockford Police Department officers responded to On the Go gas station, 2627 Auburn Street, in reference to a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival officers met with the 38-year-old male victim who stated that he parked his vehicle in front of the store and went inside to purchase some items. When he exited the store he noticed his vehicle was gone.
On Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Rockford Police SCOPE officers were on patrol in the area of Auburn Street and Kilburn Avenue when they noticed the reported stolen vehicle traveling in the area. Officers followed the vehicle to the area of the 1300 block of Taylor Street and observed the driver park and exit the vehicle. As officers made contact with the driver, later identified as 32-year-old Rockford resident Anthony Taylor, Taylor struck one of the officers and attempted to flee on foot. He was taken into custody after a brief foot chase. Officers learned that Taylor was wanted on a Boone County warrant for disorderly conduct and by the U.S. Marshals Service for a probation violation.
Officers also learned that Taylor’s driver’s license was suspended. A 35-year-old male passenger was also located inside of the stolen vehicle.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the investigation and authorized the following charges against Taylor: Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving while License Suspended, as well as the two warrants. Taylor was transported to the Winnebago County Jail and lodged.
The officer who was struck by Taylor sustained minor injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released. The 35-year-old male passenger was released without charge.
This is an ongoing investigation. No further information is available at this time.
The charges against Taylor are merely accusations. He is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.