RS Source reporting a suspicious person/incident, possible robbery in Rockford.
Source said: ” Approx. 12:30 pm today, I saw a short stocky black man walking swiftly through the Swedish American’s Renaissance bdlg parking lot with what appeared to be bank bag. He was dressed in all black including black baseball cap. I believe he left in small maroon SUV. ”
Update: Structure fire at 630 East State Street. One person is being treated and transported with injuries due to smoke inhalation. Sources told us a man fell asleep smoking and lit the couch on fire inside the apartment. (See video below)
Just before 8 pm tonight the Rockford Fire Department were responding to an apartment fire in a downtown high-rise.
Reports of smoke coming from an apartment on the 9th floor, of the Faust Landmark on E State in downtown Rockford.
The apartment below the occupant is trapped and water is flowing into that apartment. (Possibly from the sprinkler system)
Three ambulances have been dispatched to the scene
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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