ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY: On Sunday, January 13, 2019, shortly before 11:00 a.m. patrol officers responded to the Family Dollar, 715 Broadway, in reference to an attempted armed robbery. When they arrived, officers learned that a black male suspect wearing a mask had entered the business armed with a handgun. When the suspect confronted two employees, the employees attempted to flee. The suspect then fired two rounds from the handgun in the direction of the employees before fleeing the scene on foot. No one was injured during the incident and the suspect was unable to obtain anything of value from the business.
Detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation into the incident. The suspect is described as a black male in his late twenties, wearing a black hat with a light blue bandana over his face, black hoodie, gray pants, and white shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900 or Rockford Area CrimeStoppers.
Sources are reporting shots were fired during an armed robbery to a Rockford business just before noon today.
It happened at the Family Dollar store at Kishwaukee and Broadway.
Reports are saying 2 suspects went in to the business and robbed the store. During the robbery shots were fired. No reports of injuries at this time.
Numerous shell casings are being recovered at the scene
Aggravated Robbery: On Sunday, January 6, 2019, shortly after 7:30 p.m., Rockford Police officers were called to Best Buy (281 Deane Drive) for a robbery. There, officers learned the 19-year-old suspect entered the store and loaded a cart with video gaming equipment. An employee approached the suspect, who then implied he had a weapon and fled the store. The suspect vehicle, a blue minivan, was located and stopped a short time later near East State Street and Mill Road. Officers took the four occupants in the minivan into custody. Upon further review of the case, the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the below listed charges.
Jakari Smith, 19, Rockford: Aggravated Robbery
Torrence Lewis, 21, Rockford: Aggravated Robbery
Smith and Lewis were lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. A 16-year-old female was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center for probation violation. The fourth person in the suspect vehicle was released without charges.
The charges against Smith, Lewis, and the juvenile female are merely accusations. They are considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.
Sources are reporting an armed robbery at the Best Buy just before 8 pm.
RPD confirmed a robbery call at the Best Buy, but have not released any other details at this time.
On 12/30/2018 at 5:30 PM Rockford Police Officers responded to 1200 Auburn Court, Rockford, Illinois reference several calls of shots fired.
While officers were on scene, a resident at 1230 Auburn Court #3, Rockford, Illinois advised that their apartment had been struck by gun fire.
Officers found that apartment #3 had been struck twice by gun fire. The victim suffered no physical injuries as a result of this shooting. There was no suspect developed during this investigation. ID Unit processed the scene.
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.
Sources are reporting a couple of bad accidents in the area today.
The first one happened by CherryVale Mall. It appears a mail truck was possibly involved in the accident. But not yet confirmed. Injuries were reported. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Another accident happened on I 90 near mile marker 21 1/2 which is near Irene Road. A car and a semi have collided near this area. Injuries were reported. Heavy damage to the car is being reported. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Another accident is being reported near Latham and N Main