Rockford Scanner™: Suspect Wanted For Home Invasion & Sexual Assault, Last Seen Near Roscoe




UPDATE: Matthew Harkey has been booked into the Winnebago County Jail. His next court date is 04/30/2019 at  9:00 am. 


from our friends at WTVO:

Update from our friends at WTVO – According to court records, a 34-year-old Rockford woman was found naked, bleeding and handcuffed to a workout bench she was dragging behind her after she was abducted from her Rockford home.

She was located at a residence in the 5900 block of Mcdonald rd in Roscoe (Matthew Harkey Mothers House)

Police say 43-year-old Matthew Harkey abducted the woman from her home on Wednesday, March 13th, and held her captive in the basement of home in Roscoe, where he beat and raped her.

A neighbor in the 5900 block of McDonald Road spotted her in the street after she made her escape, around 1:30 p.m., and called the police.

According to an order of protection filing, the woman told police that she was attacked by Harkey earlier that morning, as he was hiding in her home when she returned home from dropping her children off at school.

According to the victim, Matthew Harkey hit her over the head with a bottle. She fought with him until he choked her and she passed out.


She recalled being wrapped in duct tape and put in the trunk of Harkey’s car, and being driven to Roscoe.  (Matthew Harkey Mothers Residence)

There, he dragged her down to the basement and handcuffed her to an exercise bench and strapped her legs to it.

“He undid the straps and took my underwear, shirt and bra off. My pants had already come off,” she wrote in the order of protection filing.

“This all lasted about 2 hours.” When Harkey allegedly left the house, the woman escaped by dragging the workout bench out of the basement and out of the home

Full details at our friends at WTVO at https://www.mystateline.com/news/abducted-rockford-woman-found-naked-and-bleeding-dragging-workout-bench/1858214173


He crashed during a police chase, and is now in police custody via police. Harkey led police through Edgar, Douglas and Coles counties. He crashed near Illinois 32 about halfway between Cerro Gordo and Cisco in western Piatt County.

According to a state police report, at 2:15 a.m. Thursday, Matthew Harkey, 43, was heading north on Illinois 32 while being pursued by multiple authorities when he lost control about a quarter-mile north of County Road 1045 North, hitting the guardrail and causing his Nissan Rogue to overturn multiple times.

The report said Harkey, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


The suspect Matthew Harkey abducted a woman at an address on Lamar and she was able to get away and was located in the 5900 block of McDonald Road. She did sustain injuries.  Police are searching all over for him. They chased him several times and was last seen near Shaw and Newburg. He was last seen in a 2019 Nissan Rouge with a plate of FP65916 or a red Mitsubishi Lancer Illinois registration BA36134. Sources said he worked at the Napleton Loves Park Honda near Carlson Ice Arena, we are still awaiting confirmation on this. If you see him, call the police.
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Update** last seen driving a Silver Nissan Rogue FP65916.

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at approximately 1:34pm Roscoe Police officers responded to the 5900 block of McDonald Road for a possible abduction. They located a female victim suffering from injuries to the head. It was determined that a male suspect Matthew Harkey, (dob 11/11/1975) had abducted the female from her residence in Winnebago County. The female was able to escape and notify authorities. The case was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued for the charges of Home Invasion, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, Unlawful Restraint, and Residential Burglary. The bond on the warrant has been set at 1 million dollars. Matthew Harkey is possibly armed and should be approached with extreme caution. Matthew Harkey could be driving a silver Nissan Rogue Registration Illinois FP65916 or a Red Mitsubushi Lancer Illinois Registration BA36134.

The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Sources are reporting  a man wanted for home invasion and sexual assault.

Suspect last seen near Roscoe (Sounds like the sexual assault and home invasion also happened near Roscoe, but not yet confirmed.)

Suspect is approx. 43 years old, 5’9, 200 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, last seen in a silver nissan rouge. Armed with a gun. First name is Matthew.  He is wanted for home invasion and sexual assault. Possibly suicidal.

No other information at this time

UPDATE: Last seen near Perryville and Spring Brook.

UPDATE: Last seen near Shaw and Newburg approx 6 pm. Police are chasing the vehicle, but lost sight of it in this area.





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