Sources sent us this video. It happened around 2 am in the area of Alpine and 16th. WCSO said it was a traffic stop. RPD said it was a backup assist. RFD said it was a medical call. So it is not yet clear exactly what happened.
Witnesses said: “They were going south on Alpine. The car TRIED to turn west on 16th ave and went wide and got stuck.
One cop got out with their gun drawn. The black male driver got out, followed the police directions. Then the cop got him on his stomach, got one hand cuffed then tried the next, either got it or not.
The officer started to throw some long hard punches to the drivers back while handcuffed or semi handcuffed
Then the cop was yelling at the female passenger, then back up came and got the female without going to the ground cuffed
Then there was 3-4 squads on Alpine and Newburg near Papa johns…
Then they all come down to the traffic stop 7 squads, fire truck and a ambulance.
The medical was for the male driver, he was cuffed and walked into the Ambulance….I am guessing from the knee to the back, or the 8-10 hard police blows to the back/neck”
FATAL ACCIDENT ARREST: A Rockford man is now in custody following a fatal crash. On January 21, 2019, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Rockford Police officers responded to the 1200 block of North Alpine Road for a two-vehicle accident. Upon their arrival, officers learned the male driver of a silver car was traveling northbound on North Alpine Road when he rear-ended a gray, sport utility vehicle which was also northbound on Alpine Road. The driver of the SUV, a 38-year-old Rockford man, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is not being released at this time. The passenger of the silver car was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The Rockford Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit conducted a follow-up investigation which revealed speed and alcohol as factors in the accident. The driver of the silver car, the at-fault vehicle, was identified as 25-year-old Joshua Thomas. The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and authorized the charges below. A warrant was obtained, and on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, Thomas was taken into custody.
Joshua Thomas, 25, Rockford: Reckless Homicide, Aggravated DUI involving Death, Aggravated DUI involving Great Bodily Harm
Thomas was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against Thomas are merely accusations, and he is considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Sources are reporting a fatal accident on the East side.
It happened just before 1 am near the 1200 block of N Alpine.
A vehicle rolled over and caught on fire. The person inside has passed away.
Others were able to get out, and need medical assistance.
Still developing. Sounds like this area will be blocked off for several hours.
Source said he witnessed a vehicle excessively speeding (Possibly over 100 mph) when the accident happened. A Silver vehicle possibly a Sanata hit a Jeep.
Police are denying any chases.
RPD says a Silver car and a Gray SUV were northbound on Alpine when the car rear-ended the SUV. The driver of the SUV was the one who passed away on scene. Passenger of the car was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries, and the driver of the car was transported with non life threatening injuries. They said speed was a factor in the accident.
Sources are reporting they saw a high speed police chase in the area of Whitman and Rockton. Suspect vehicle is Silver in color and a plate of or similar to BA44507. Police terminated the chase near Bruce.
NOTE: Winnebago County Sheriff Office (Or any local police departments) RARELY releases any press releases, so do not expect an update on this story. Sorry, but this is what happens when they encrypted.
BUSTED DURING BATTLE OF THE BELLS: Rockford Police officers ringing bells for the Salvation Army stop a shoplifter trying to steal more than a thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise. On Friday, December 14, 2018, at approximately 10:20 a.m., Rockford Police officers participating in “Battle of the Bells” against Rockford Fire Department were alerted to a male suspect shoplifting goods from Walmart (3859 Northridge Drive). When confronted by an officer outside, the suspect fled on foot. He was taken into custody after a short foot chase and now faces the below listed charges.
Danuel Schumacher, 37, Rockford: Retail Theft (Felony), Resisting/Obstructing an Officer
“While officers were volunteering for a noteworthy cause, they were quickly reminded of how important it is to remain ever-vigilant,” said Assistant Deputy Chief Carla Redd. “I am very grateful for the dedication the officers show to the community on a daily basis.”
Schumacher was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against Schumacher are merely accusations. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.
Sources said Police put a man in handcuffs earlier today near the Starbucks near Forest Hills and Riverside.
Sources said the man committed a crime at Walmart on Northridge this morning then ran from police across the road near the Taco Bell and Starbucks. Police caught the man near Starbucks.
Sources said he is an alleged theft suspect.
Side note: Rockford Police and Fire Departments were hosting an event at the same Walmart. #BattleoftheBells: Come donate to the Salvation Army and help RPD beat Rockford Fire Department in this change challenge at the Walmart on W. Riverside and Northridge Dr. from 10 am – 2 pm!
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Sources are reporting a police chase/accident in Rockford.
Sources said several suspects in a stolen vehicle fled from police. Police chased the vehicle. The suspects ended up crashing into a tree near Wilcox. The suspects then got out and fled on foot. Several suspects were reported to be loose in the area, police are searching for the suspects.