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.
Update: It was originally called in as a hit-and-run accident to a pedestrian. After police investigated the incident, they determined that it was not a hit and run. The victim and the driver had a dispute over some money. The victim then jumped onto the vehicle. The driver then swerved, and the victim fell off the vehicle The victim is being treated for road rash at a local hospital.
Sources are reporting a hit and run to a pedestrian.
It happened near Auburn and Central ave around 7:30 pm.
The vehicle hit the pedestrian and fled the scene. The pedestrian is still laying in the roadway. Sources told us the injuries are believed to be life threatening.
Suspect vehicle is described as a Black Suburban, last seen on Auburn.
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Sources are reporting several police officers are searching a U-Haul truck at the BP on Auburn st in Rockford around 1:30 pm today.
We are awaiting to hear back from the RPD for an official statement.
Sources have told us it was a possible drug bust, but not confirmed.
RPD did not log this in their call logs.
After we posted this, Source sent us the following: “Seemed like a lot of in and out, officers kept going in and out for bout 5 min but I never saw anything get pulled out and it wasn’t towed away, 2 people got in and drove it away.”
So this might not be a drug bust as we were originally told. And just a routine traffic stop with the police searching the U-Haul truck. We have reached out to the RPD for information, still have yet to hear back from them.
Around midnight, several police officers have a large perimeter around Central and Montague area.
It appears that someone may have ran from a traffic stop but this is not yet confirmed. Police have an empty vehicle stopped near Rose ave and Lincoln ave area. That is near the Barbour Elementary School.
Unknown why the suspects fled from police.
There are no suspect descriptions at this time, this is still developing.
This video we shot, was taken at the scene just seconds after the suspects fled and police had yet to set up the perimeter.
Sources are reporting an auto accident on the West side.
It happened around 1 pm near the intersection of Central and Riverside, near the Walmart.
Injuries were being reported. Unknown on the severity of the injuries.
The cause of the accident is under investigation
Source said: This is at Riverside and Central right now also there’s a car all smashed up on the left hand side near Dollar Tree in the Walmart parking lot towards the back I kind of have a feeling that they were the ones that started the accident and fled because the guy is in front of a tree and there’s no way his car got that smashed by the tree the paramedics and fire department are with him also or her. They were searching back at the tree alongside Sprint where they caught the car the other one I was telling you about and they were looking inside the pine tree so I think that the person may have tried throwing something