Rockford Scanner™: RPD Releases Information On 2 Recent Robberies & A Recent Shooting

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RPD releases information on a few scenes over the weekend.

Aggravated Battery w/ a Firearm: On Monday, January 7, 2019, at approximately midnight, Rockford Police officers responded to the 3100 block of Lapey Street in reference to a possible shooting. Upon arrival, officers met with the 66-year-old male victim who sustained a minor injury from gunfire striking his house several times. The victim did not seek medical treatment. No suspect information is available. Anyone with information should call Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

Aggravated Robbery: On Sunday, January 6, 2019, shortly after 7:30 p.m., Rockford Police officers were called to Best Buy (281 Deane Drive) for a robbery. There, officers learned the 19-year-old suspect entered the store and loaded a cart with video gaming equipment. An employee approached the suspect, who then implied he had a weapon and fled the store. The suspect vehicle, a blue minivan, was located and stopped a short time later near East State Street and Mill Road. Officers took the four occupants in the minivan into custody. Upon further review of the case, the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the below listed charges.

Jakari Smith, 19, Rockford: Aggravated Robbery

Torrence Lewis, 21, Rockford: Aggravated Robbery

Smith and Lewis were lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. A 16-year-old female was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center for probation violation. The fourth person in the suspect vehicle was released without charges.

The charges against Smith, Lewis, and the juvenile female are merely accusations. They are considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.

Attempted Robbery: On Friday, January 4, 2019 at approximately 10:45 p.m., Rockford Police officers responded to Rockford Fire Station 2 (1004 7th Street) for a battery victim. Officers learned the 46-year-old male victim had been walking in the area of Kishwaukee Street and 15th Avenue when three male suspects approached him, struck him several times, and attempted to steal property from him. All three ran off empty-handed. The victim walked to the fire department and was then transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Anyone with information should call Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.


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