On Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at approximately 4 PM the Rockford police responded to the Dollar Tree at 526 E. Jefferson St. in reference to an armed robbery.
When the Rockford Police Department arrived the officers learn the suspect approached the cashier and applied he had a weapon and demanded cash. The suspect then fled with a small amount of money.
Officers located the man a short distance away walking east bound on Jefferson and took him into custody.
32 years old Charles Hill from Rockford was arrested for aggravated robbery and retail theft. 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.
UPDATE: Public records show Stanley Turner, the man who allegedly robbed the Dollar Tree last night and had a several hour standoff, has a long criminal history including 2nd degree murder. Turner pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder in 2014
From RPD: On Sunday, shortly after 9 p.m., Rockford Police officers responded to Dollar Tree (6340 E. State St.) for a possible robbery in progress. Everyone inside the store made it out, but officers learned the male suspect was still inside with what appeared to be a firearm. Officers are working to make contact with the suspect at this time. The incident is ongoing and more information will be released when possible. Please avoid the area.
RPD, SWAT, RFD and many other officers are on scene. The SWAT team is trying to communicate with someone inside the Dollar Tree.
The business is surrounded by many officers.
Police said there is an armed man inside the business, armed with a handgun. This was originally called in as a robbery in progress around 9 pm.
Officers saw the armed man running inside the store with a gun.
No other details at this time.
Sources are reporting approx. 20 police officers with their guns drawn at a business on the East side.
It happened at the Dollar Tree/Pet Smart area on E State.
Sources said there is 20 + police officers on scene and they all have their guns drawn.
It is not yet clear what is going on. But it is obviously a dangerous situation. So please avoid the area.
Update from source: They brought in some big swat tank and multiple squads from different areas with many of them outside the doors between petsmart and dollar tree
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