Aggravated vehicular hijacking at a Rockford fitness center
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019 approximately 9 PM the Rockford police were dispatched to peak fitness at 4304 E. State St. in reference to an aggravated vehicular hijacking.
When the officers arrived on scene they learned the 20-year-old male victim was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot when he was approached by a male suspect armed with a handgun.
The suspect demanded the victim to get out of his vehicle and the victim complied and then the suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle. The victim was not injured during the incident.
Officers located the vehicle a short time later near Preston and Central and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The suspect fled from the officers at a high rate of speed. The suspect then dumped the vehicle near Loomis and South Main. That is near the laundromat on South Main.
A K-9 unit was able to track the suspect and located him hiding in the 1200 block of S. Church St.
The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Javari Conley of Rockford. He has been arrested for multiple charges that include aggravated vehicle or hijacking, aggravated unlawful use of the weapon, aggravated fleeing to elude, driving while license suspended, no FOID.
He was lodged in the Winnebago County jail. The charges against him are merely accusations he is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Sources are reporting an accident involving an off road vehicle.
It happened around 4 pm today in the area of Auburn and Springfield.
Sources said several off road vehicles (4 wheelers and dirt bikes) were driving in the roadway when one of them was hit by a vehicle. Sources said they were riding recklessly just prior to the accident, but RPD has yet to confirm this.
Injuries were being reported. It is not yet known on the severity of the injuries. Sources said it appears to be life threatening injuries. But officials have yet to confirm this .
Witnesses are reporting the off road vehicle (Dirt-bike) slammed into the side of the vehicle (Truck). Police have yet to confirm this.
Rockford Police have only released the following: AVOID Springfield Avenue south from Auburn St due to traffic incident. Some roads closed.
Rockford Police advise you to AVOID Springfield Avenue south from Auburn Street due to a current traffic issue. A vehicle crash near this intersection has closed Springfield Avenue Southbound and will require a detour of traffic for the next several hours.