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:
~Charles E. Swift Dob: 11/22/69 of Rockford
-Aggravated Domestic Battery (3 Counts)
Rockton Police charged Swift with the following charges:
-Aggravated Fleeing to Elude
-Driving After Revocation
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives will continue the investigation and further charges are pending.
The charges against Swift are merely accusations and he is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
- 720 ILCS 5.0/12-3.2-A-1 DOM BTRY/BOD HARM/4+ PRI CONV
- 720 ILCS 5.0/12-3.3-A AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC BATTERY
- 720 ILCS 5.0/12-3.3-A-5 AGG DOMESTIC BATTERY/STRANGLE
- 720 ILCS 5.0/12-3.05-C AGG BATTERY/PUBLIC PLACE
- 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.