On 3/24/19 at 0528 hours Rockford Police Officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Henry St. in reference to a Home Invasion.
Through further investigation, Officers learned the victim returned home and found two males actively burglarizing the residence.
The victim confronted the suspects and was battered by the suspects. The victim fled the residence and called 911. The suspects had fled by unknown means prior to police arrival. Victim sustained minor injuries.
S1 – H/M, 35-40 years of age, bald, long beard, large build, dark clothing.
S1 – H/M, 20-25 years of age, shaved hair, smaller build, dark clothing.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Rockford Police at 815-966-2900, or Rockford Area Crime Stoppers (815) 963-7867.
UPDATE: Matthew Harkey has been booked into the Winnebago County Jail. His next court date is 04/30/2019 at 9:00 am.
from our friends at WTVO:
Update from our friends at WTVO – According to court records, a 34-year-old Rockford woman was found naked, bleeding and handcuffed to a workout bench she was dragging behind her after she was abducted from her Rockford home.
She was located at a residence in the 5900 block of Mcdonald rd in Roscoe (Matthew Harkey Mothers House)
Police say 43-year-old Matthew Harkey abducted the woman from her home on Wednesday, March 13th, and held her captive in the basement of home in Roscoe, where he beat and raped her.
A neighbor in the 5900 block of McDonald Road spotted her in the street after she made her escape, around 1:30 p.m., and called the police.
According to an order of protection filing, the woman told police that she was attacked by Harkey earlier that morning, as he was hiding in her home when she returned home from dropping her children off at school.
According to the victim, Matthew Harkey hit her over the head with a bottle. She fought with him until he choked her and she passed out.
She recalled being wrapped in duct tape and put in the trunk of Harkey’s car, and being driven to Roscoe. (Matthew Harkey Mothers Residence)
There, he dragged her down to the basement and handcuffed her to an exercise bench and strapped her legs to it.
“He undid the straps and took my underwear, shirt and bra off. My pants had already come off,” she wrote in the order of protection filing.
“This all lasted about 2 hours.” When Harkey allegedly left the house, the woman escaped by dragging the workout bench out of the basement and out of the home
He crashed during a police chase, and is now in police custody via police. Harkey led police through Edgar, Douglas and Coles counties. He crashed near Illinois 32 about halfway between Cerro Gordo and Cisco in western Piatt County.
According to a state police report, at 2:15 a.m. Thursday, Matthew Harkey, 43, was heading north on Illinois 32 while being pursued by multiple authorities when he lost control about a quarter-mile north of County Road 1045 North, hitting the guardrail and causing his Nissan Rogue to overturn multiple times.
The report said Harkey, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect Matthew Harkey abducted a woman at an address on Lamar and she was able to get away and was located in the 5900 block of McDonald Road. She did sustain injuries. Police are searching all over for him. They chased him several times and was last seen near Shaw and Newburg. He was last seen in a 2019 Nissan Rouge with a plate of FP65916 or a red Mitsubishi Lancer Illinois registration BA36134. Sources said he worked at the Napleton Loves Park Honda near Carlson Ice Arena, we are still awaiting confirmation on this. If you see him, call the police. RELATED: http://rockfordscanner.com/2019/03/13/rockford-scanner-police-working-a-scene-on-the-east-side/
Update** last seen driving a Silver Nissan Rogue FP65916.
On Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at approximately 1:34pm Roscoe Police officers responded to the 5900 block of McDonald Road for a possible abduction. They located a female victim suffering from injuries to the head. It was determined that a male suspect Matthew Harkey, (dob 11/11/1975) had abducted the female from her residence in Winnebago County. The female was able to escape and notify authorities. The case was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued for the charges of Home Invasion, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, Unlawful Restraint, and Residential Burglary. The bond on the warrant has been set at 1 million dollars. Matthew Harkey is possibly armed and should be approached with extreme caution. Matthew Harkey could be driving a silver Nissan Rogue Registration Illinois FP65916 or a Red Mitsubushi Lancer Illinois Registration BA36134.
The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Sources are reporting a man wanted for home invasion and sexual assault.
Suspect last seen near Roscoe (Sounds like the sexual assault and home invasion also happened near Roscoe, but not yet confirmed.)
Suspect is approx. 43 years old, 5’9, 200 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, last seen in a silver nissan rouge. Armed with a gun. First name is Matthew. He is wanted for home invasion and sexual assault. Possibly suicidal.
No other information at this time
UPDATE: Last seen near Perryville and Spring Brook.
UPDATE: Last seen near Shaw and Newburg approx 6 pm. Police are chasing the vehicle, but lost sight of it in this area.
Sources are reporting several officers working a scene on the East side.
It happened around 3:30 am near Trevor Circle.
Sources said it was a home invasion. Suspect is a heavyset black male wearing all dark clothing and fled the scene. We been told there were injuries, unknown on the severity of the injuries. No other information at this time.
#1 In the area of Bennett and Summit in Rockford. Sources said there was a shooting victim near this location. RPD has only confirmed a medical assist. In the past, they have said shooting victims were medical assists. But they have yet to confirm the shooting, just saying a medical assist. There are several police, police k-9 and an ambulance on scene.
#2 On E State st near the Walmart, sources said there are numerous police working a scene near this location. It is not yet clear what is going on. RPD said it was a found juvenile.
#3 2900 block of 16th st. We were told there was a victim robbed and shot during the robbery. RPD only confirmed an in progress person call. In the past they have labeled both a shooting victim and a robbery as an in progress person. But they wouldn’t confirm it for this scene yet.
#4 Sources said they heard several gunshots near Trevor Circle. RPD has not confirmed any shooting victims yet. Only saying it is a weapons violations call.
#5 Sources are reporting a scene in the 2200 block of 10th st. Sources said a person was robbed near this location and was possibly stabbed. RPD has only confirmed an in progress person call near this location.
No other information on these incidents or suspect information at this time.