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.
We are investigating a report of shots fired that occurred during a disturbance in the 1800 block of Wisconsin Avenue at 1:54 a.m. Monday. An individual in a vehicle fired several rounds, striking a vehicle and a house, following the disturbance that involved acquaintances.
Officers nearby observed the suspect vehicle and pursued it as it fled the area going southbound on Interstate 90. The South Beloit Police Department placed stop sticks on the interstate and the vehicle was stopped shortly after crossing the state line.
The vehicle went into the ditch and two males fled from the vehicle on foot. The driver, Emily A. Morris, 26, of Darien, stayed in the vehicle and was taken into custody for felony fleeing. One of the males who fled from the vehicle, Jared D. Johnson, 27, of Janesville, was arrested for recklessly endangering safety and felony bail jumping.
We are still investigating the involvement of the second male who fled from the vehicle. If anyone has information about the disturbance on Wisconsin Avenue or about the three individuals who were in the vehicle pursued by our department, please contact us at 608-757-2244
Overnight several area police departments were involved in a high speed chase. It stemmed from a shooting incident in Beloit bear Wisconsin and Bayliss. Several shots were fired.
Police located the suspect vehicle a short time later. The suspect vehicle fled from police. Speeds were well over 100 MPH at times during the chase.
During the chase, the suspect went off road.
They fled into Illinois. South Beloit Police threw out stop sticks to stop the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle hit the stop sticks. The suspect vehicle pulled over and they fled on foot.
One was held at gunpoint. They got another suspect a short time later. One is still at large. The suspects were last seen westbound jumping a fence from I-90 going into the area near of the S Beloit ramp.
Numerous police officers from several departments are assisting with the search of the suspects.
South Beloit Police and Fire Departments responded to the Foxwoods Hills apartment complex on Arneman Drive for a vehicle that struck several other vehicles in the parking lot.
Investigation revealed that the green Chrysler was north bound on 251 and left the roadway crossing through the ditch, striking a large dumpster and then two vehicles in the apartment complex parking lot.
The driver and sole occupant states he fell asleep. He refused medical attention and this crash is under investigation by the police department.