On Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at approximately 0630 hours, the Rockton Police Department observed a female in need of assistance in downtown Rockton. The female reported that she had been taken by force from a retail establishment in Rockford by her ex-boyfriend on Tuesday evening. She reported that she was taken to the Sugar River Forest Preserve in rural Winnebago County where she was beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted. The female victim was able to escape from the suspect at a local gas station in Rockton.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted Rockton Police and Roscoe Police in taking the suspect into custody after a short pursuit along IL Route 2 and IL Route 75. The suspect fought with Deputies and Officers who were able to safely take him into custody.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives took over the investigation and after speaking with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, charges were authorized and the suspect was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The follow person was charged:
625 ILCS 5.0/11-204.1-A-1 AGG FLEEING POLICE/21 MPH OVER
625 ILCS 5.0/6-303-A DRIVING RVK/SUSP DUI/SSS 3RD
No bond, court date 5/16/2019 at 13:30
Sources are reporting a battery/kidnapping in Rockton this morning.
We sat on this story to see if police would release information on it.
Police have yet to release any information on it, so we are posting it.
It happened just before 7 am in Rockton, near Blackhawk and Main.
Sources said a suspect brutally beat and kidnapped a victim in Rockton. Unknown on the victims status at the time of writing this.
Suspect was last seen near the library in Rockton. Police located the suspect and the suspect fled from police. Police chased the suspect.
Sources said the police were chasing the suspect on Rt 2 southbound, around 90 MPH. But were able to capture him on RT 2 near Blackhawk. (See photos) The police broke out the windows of the vehicle and detained the suspect in the middle of RT 2.
This brings up the next topic: Local police said they were going to be transparent, when encrypting. We feel the police should have at least released some kind of information on this very DANGEROUS incident. But they have yet to do so…
How transparent do you think the local police have become since encrypting?
Update: Police have confirmed the kidnapping call but have downplayed it and said it was a “Simple Kidnapping” and that one person was in custody. No other information was released.
On March 21, 2019 the Winnebago County emergency operations center is releasing images and video of areas impacted where the severe flooding occurred near the Rock River, the Pecatonica River, in the Sugar River.
These images will help show the extent of the flooding and the impact on our community. This is a difficult time for our community and the Winnebago County emergency operations center recognizes the stress on residents waiting for the water to recede.
UPDATE via our friends at Beloit Scanner: 3 confirmed shooting victims. 1 Has passed away.
One shooting victim shot in the head on Elm. (Fatal)
One victim shot in the leg on S Bluff
One shooting victim shot in the stomach on Roosevelt.
Suspect vehicle is a dark-colored pickup truck, last seen northbound.
Two of the victims are ages 15 years old and a 25 year old, Unknown on the 3rd victim.
Update at 11:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019: we are currently investigating a triple shooting near the area of Elm Street and Roosevelt Avenue. One individual was located deceased at the scene. Two other individuals, a 15-year-old male and a 25-year-old male, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Mercy Hospital in Janesville.
It appears that the individuals knew each other and this does not appear to be a random act of violence. We expect to be on scene all night.
Original, 10:30 p.m. Monday, March 11: We are investigating a homicide in the area of Elm Street and Roosevelt Avenue that was reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. We are asking people to avoid the area while we continue to investigate. It’s anticipated that we will be on scene for several hours.
If you have any information to share about the homicide, please contact us at 608-757-2244.
Sources are reporting multiple gunshots were heard in South Beloit last night around 9:30 PM. It happened in the area of South Bluff and Shirland ave.
We been told that there is possibly one shooting victim, but police have yet to release any information on this incident.