On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 5:52 p.m., patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to the Dollar General, 1015 Charles Street, in reference to a report of a strong arm robbery. When officers arrived they spoke to the victim who informed them a white male suspect punched him and took his groceries as he stood in the foyer area of the store. The suspect fled on foot from the scene and was later observed near the intersection of 1st Street and Jefferson Street. Officers approached the suspect who fled on foot. Officers arrested the suspect after a brief foot chase.
ARRESTED: Justin R. Martin, 34-years-old, Rockford, Ill.
The charges against Martin are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt. As with defendants in all criminal cases, Martin is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court
Around 6 pm tonight the Rockford police were investigating a robbery at Family Dollar at 3740 E STATE ST. Around the same time there was another robbery at 1015 CHARLES ST at Dollar General . At this time it is unknown if the two robberies are related.
RS fans were reporting the suspect was in a Spee-Dee Taxi.
RS fans said the Spee-Dee Taxi was stopped by the local police and 3 people were detained. That happened approx. 6:30 pm on Swanson Parkway.
RPD is encrypted and have yet to release any information.