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
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. RELATED: http://rockfordscanner.com/2019/03/13/rockford-scanner-police-working-a-scene-on-the-east-side/
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.
Carly Rice of Rockford: Tonight human traffickers tried to abduct me. I knew this was a thing that was happening here in our city, but now I know that it’s really serious. Ladies…BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. I am still reeling from the experience and will put it into words with more detailed descriptions tomorrow, but I just need time to regroup and be with my family. Be alert for a newer white SUV with at least three men in it and a very dark skinned man, white hoodie with black graphic design. He has a very strong African accent on is on foot. PLEASE SHARE!
What happened: I was standing outside our building on 5th ave just near 7th st, smoking a cigarette (sorry, to a certain someone. I allowed the stress of moving mid-remodel to get the better of me). We have been in this neighborhood for a few weeks now and I have noticed a lot of prostitution and drug sales happening, but that is my personal history, as well, so I am not easily scared by it. In fact, I want people to see us out here picking up trash, planting in the community garden, going on walks as a family, feeding people, talking with neighbors, having friendly/supportive relationships with the local police and being generally observant. I know we can initiate change by doing these things, but that change hasn’t come to fruition yet.
As I am standing against our building I notice a car pull up down the street and open one of it’s passenger side doors. I can hear at least three men talking loudly inside and I am assuming they are dropping someone off to the bar just around the corner, which they do, but this man comes directly up to me and is trying to start a conversation. He was speaking oddly, slowly and with a heavy African accent. As I am trying to make sense of what he is saying, I locate the doorknob to our home behind my back and grip it. I firmly say “NO” to him, as he reaches his hand out to grab me and simultaneously notice the car with the other men in it was slowly approaching behind him and they have opened the rear passenger door. Fortunately, my partner, Jacob, was right inside the house and I was able to unfreeze (the fear of realizing what was happening had paralyzed me) and swing the door open behind me. I kind of fell into the house because my legs felt like jello and mumbled an odd choice of words to Jacob, who went promptly out the door at my request, the man was still lingering and having found a few words, I yelled whatever happened to come out “NO! Not in this neighborhood!” The car saw Jacob come out and took off speeding towards 8th st while the man who approached me took off running towards 7th st as he got on his phone and started yelling at someone.
It happened fast and my mind was telling me that I was overreacting, that this could not be happening.
Things I have learned so far:
Minimizing those feelings of something being wrong is dangerous. I feel like a strong person, but now I am questioning my constant insistence in standing firm. Sometimes running and yelling is the best option. If something feels wrong, GO WITH THAT. I will not be taking chances on assessing situations as long as I did last night.
Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation – RAASE, Inc. has informational sessions which I will most definitely be attending to learn how to be prepared/educated and inform others on the same. I hope you do, too.
I want to be able to defend myself. Last night I was standing inches from safety, even though the suspect likely thought I was standing in the dark doorway of a closed business…what if I hadn’t been at the front door to my house? I now feel like it is my responsibility to learn what legal and appropriate ways I can be prepared. I will be looking into self-defense classes and pepper spray.
Above all, I learned that this could happen to anyone. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. Have your phone on you with and emergency dial option at the ready, if you are out alone and especially…especially if something doesn’t feel right. Trust your gut and be vigilant.
As I learn more about RAASE and the other resources available to us here in Rockford, I will share that information. See, I was not prepared and I hope that people will see this and educate themselves, so that they do not have to experience what I got away from and so many others have not.
A big, huge thanks to Danial Petrie, who had informed me that this was a thing happening and a real problem. If he hadn’t, I don’t know if I would have reacted as fast as I did (which felt like an eternity in the moment). Like a weirdo, I called him before I even called the cops because I was just so blown away that what we had just been talking about happened. I was in a state of shock and the logical conclusion of calling the police didn’t even occur to me (more of that minimizing behavior).
The cops take this seriously. Officer Roser was wonderful and listened with genuine concern to a rambling and frightened person. I saw him out doing increased patrols in the area after the incident after he made a thorough report.
Feel free to share. I certainly never thought this would happen to me.