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ARMED ROBBERY ARREST: A Rockford man now faces charges following an armed robbery to a business over the weekend. On Saturday, November 17, 2018 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Rockford Police officers responded to Papa John’s (2975 North Perryville Road).
Upon arrival, officers learned two suspects entered the restaurant, one armed with a handgun and the other with a baseball bat, and demanded money. The suspects fled with money and a phone in a dark-colored, 4-door vehicle. No one was hurt.
A short time after the incident, deputies with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect vehicle and followed it.
The two suspects got out of the vehicle at South Mulford Road and Harrison Avenue and fled on foot. A K9 located one of the suspects, identified as 26-year-old Eugene Shanklin, and he was taken into custody.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and authorized the below listed charges.
Eugene Shanklin, 26, Rockford: Armed Robbery (2 Counts)
Shanklin was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against Shanklin are merely accusations. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.
The second suspect is still at large. Anyone with information should call Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.