Roscoe Police Press Release: Police are seeking the driver of a maroon pickup truck (unknown, make/model/registration) with a loud exhaust in connection to a suspicious incident that occurred in the 11000 block of Lemon Grass Ln.
Sources have told us the incident was an attempted child abduction. But police are encrypted have not released anymore information or confirmed this.
Update: After we posted this, the Roscoe PD released this: On 09/03/2019 the Roscoe Police responded to the 11,000 block of Lemon Grass Lane for a suspicious incident where a male approached a juvenile who was playing at their residence. The individual was described as a white male, 18-22 years old, brown hair, with a beard, wearing a white shirt and orange shorts. The male left the scene after briefly speaking with the juvenile and entered a maroon pickup truck (unknown make/model/registration) with a loud exhaust. If you have any further information regarding this incident, please contact the Roscoe Police Department
Sources are reporting a possible kidnapping attempt on the East side. It happened near Buckbee and Seminary. A suspect beat the victim and attempted to force the victim into a vehicle. No other information at this time. Police are in the area with K-9’s. Still developing
Police are encrypted and have not released any information
ARRESTED: On Thursday, August 15, 2019, at approximately 5:50 p.m., officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to the 2900 block of Reid Farm Road in reference to a complaint of a domestic altercation
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at approximately 0630 hours, the Rockton Police Department observed a female in need of assistance in downtown Rockton. The female reported that she had been taken by force from a retail establishment in Rockford by her ex-boyfriend on Tuesday evening. She reported that she was taken to the Sugar River Forest Preserve in rural Winnebago County where she was beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted. The female victim was able to escape from the suspect at a local gas station in Rockton.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted Rockton Police and Roscoe Police in taking the suspect into custody after a short pursuit along IL Route 2 and IL Route 75. The suspect fought with Deputies and Officers who were able to safely take him into custody.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives took over the investigation and after speaking with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, charges were authorized and the suspect was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The follow person was charged:
625 ILCS 5.0/11-204.1-A-1 AGG FLEEING POLICE/21 MPH OVER
625 ILCS 5.0/6-303-A DRIVING RVK/SUSP DUI/SSS 3RD
No bond, court date 5/16/2019 at 13:30
Sources are reporting a battery/kidnapping in Rockton this morning.
We sat on this story to see if police would release information on it.
Police have yet to release any information on it, so we are posting it.
It happened just before 7 am in Rockton, near Blackhawk and Main.
Sources said a suspect brutally beat and kidnapped a victim in Rockton. Unknown on the victims status at the time of writing this.
Suspect was last seen near the library in Rockton. Police located the suspect and the suspect fled from police. Police chased the suspect.
Sources said the police were chasing the suspect on Rt 2 southbound, around 90 MPH. But were able to capture him on RT 2 near Blackhawk. (See photos) The police broke out the windows of the vehicle and detained the suspect in the middle of RT 2.
This brings up the next topic: Local police said they were going to be transparent, when encrypting. We feel the police should have at least released some kind of information on this very DANGEROUS incident. But they have yet to do so…
How transparent do you think the local police have become since encrypting?
Update: Police have confirmed the kidnapping call but have downplayed it and said it was a “Simple Kidnapping” and that one person was in custody. No other information was released.
Sources are reporting the missing boy Timmothy Pitzen may have been located. Sources said a teen was able to escape two alleged kidnappers. He called police and now police are investigating to see if it is him or not.
As you recall back in 2011 he went missing after his mother Amy Fry-Pitzen commited suicide at a Rockford motel and then there was a nationwide search to look for him. Several years have passed without a trace, until now.
The teen described his kidnappers as two men who are strong in stature, one with a spider-web tattoo on his neck and the other with a snake tattoo on his arms.
They drove a newer Ford SUV with Wisconsin plates
Police are trying to confirm the identity of the teen.
Rockford, Ill. On Monday, July 25, 2011, patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to an apartment in the 300 block of North Church Street in reference to a sexual assault investigation.
When they arrived, officers learned that an adult female victim had been sexually assaulted by a male acquaintance whom she knew only by a nickname.
The suspect was described as a black male in his mid to late 20’s 5’7″ tall with a medium build. At the time of the incident, detectives conducted a follow-up investigation, but were never able to identify the suspect.
In April 2018, a possible suspect was identified following the result of a forensic evidence recovered during the investigation. Detectives from the Rockford Police Department’s Sensitive Crimes Unit followed up on the lead and were able to identify the suspect as Antoine Hill.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the results of the investigation and authorized charges against Hill. Hill was taken into custody on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
Antoine Hill, 31, Rockford: Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault with a Weapon (2 counts)
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault with Bodily Harm (2 counts)
Criminal Sexual Assault (2 counts)
Hill was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail on a $500,000 bond. The charges against Hill are merely accusations. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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.
The City of Beloit Police Department is investigating the theft of a vehicle while a 10-year-old child with special needs was in the vehicle. The vehicle, a 2016 black Nissan Sentra, was running when it was stolen from the 800 block of Johnson Street at 7:06 p.m. Tuesday night
The vehicle was located in the 100 block of Eighth Street at 7:46 p.m. and the child was safely located in the 1900 block of Fairfax Avenue at 7:47 p.m.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. If anyone has information about the theft of this vehicle, please contact us at 608-757-2244
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