DOG BITES OFFICER: On Tuesday, October 2, 2018 shortly before 10:30 a.m., Rockford Police officers went to a residence in the 500 block of Michigan Avenue for a warrant check. Upon arrival, the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Robert Eviston, attempted to flee and a struggle ensued between him and the officers.
After Eviston was taken into custody, his dog attacked one of the officers. The dog bit the officer multiple times on both arms and upper body. The dog was subsequently shot to prevent further attack, and it died.
The injured officer was taken to a local hospital with significant, but non-life-threatening wounds. Eviston was also transported to the hospital for injuries he claimed happened during the arrest. While at the hospital, Eviston battered a nurse, tried to run out of the hospital and fought with officers.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and authorized the below listed charges.
Robert Eviston, 37, Rockford: Possession of Stolen Property (Warrant), Resisting Police (2 countS), Escape, and Aggravated Battery
Eviston was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against Eviston are merely accusations. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court