Below is a recap of the local violence and police calls in the last 72 hours.
There’ve been several shooting incidents over the last 72 hours. In the areas of Central and Loomis, 4200 block of Auburn, 1000 block of North Day Avenue, 800 block of Locust, 900 block of Garfield, 900 block of Hoban Avenue, 600 block of Maryland Avenue.
There have been several in progress calls. Police have labeled the following incidents in the past as in progress. Shootings, stabbings, robbery, overdoses, murder, etc. . Acorn and Rockton, 6200 block of East State Street, 1100 block of 15th St., 1800 block of Ridge Avenue, 2600 block of Bain Burg Drive, Fourth Avenue and eighth Street, 1300 block of 19th St., 100 block of S. 1st St.
There is a home invasion in the 1800 block of N. Main St.
Police were able to recover two stolen vehicles. One was in the 900 block of Harrison Avenue and the other was in the 3300 block of Sablewood drive.
There was a peeping Tom in the 2800 block of Overdene Avenue.
In the past the police have labeled shooting victims and stabbing victims And also murder victims as medical assist. There have been medical assist calls at the following: 600 block of St. Louis Avenue, 1500 block of Fairview Avenue, 1900 block of Rose Terrace, 1800 block of Fifth Street, 1400 block of Andrews, 1900 block of West Riverside, 1900 block of E. Moreland Ave., Auburn and Court Street.
An armed robbery happened in the area of Broadway and 20th St.
An aggravated battery happened in the 1900 block of Mulberry Street
Note: Some violent crimes have been labeled as medical assist. Many ask why we post them. The answer is simple, police label violent crimes as medical assist in their call logs, and as long as they continue to do so, we will continue to post them.
Also, the recent murder next to the Rockford Police Station District 1 was labeled as a service to other agency non specific. Instead of an aggravated battery. We might start to post those as well since they have begun labeling violent crimes under this topic as well.
# 2625 N Kieth rd, we been told this is a shooting scene with multiple officers on scene. Police only confirmed a scene, but wouldn’t provide any details.
# 3600 block of Algonquin blvd sources said there was a home invasion. Police again confirmed a scene, but didn’t provide any details.
# Auto accident near Alpine and Highcrest, avoid the area.
# Unknown scene near S Main and Seminole. Update: Citizen chases alleged burglary suspects, then they crashed their vehicle. Police have taken several people of interest into custody
# “Navy blue challenger chasing a White 2 door boxed suburban, They were driving recklessly in the north town mall area and then turned left on N Main heading towards Auburn. They almost hit a pedestrian”
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.