Armed robberies in Rockford


Lauren Shelton, Reporter

     Rockford hit a new low this past week when the city experienced two armed robberies within 24 hours of each other. The robberies both took place over the past weekend in relatively close locations to each other.

     The first robbery took place at the Domino’s Pizza off of N. Main St. Around 9 p.m. the Rockford Police Department were called to the location. At the time, no customers were present inside the store, but a few employees were there and they are the ones who called the police after the robbery. The witnesses described the suspects as two males wearing black ski masks and that they were between the ages of 17 and 25. Both of the suspects were armed with handguns when they broke into the store.

     The two men proceeded to hop on top of the counter and pointed their guns at the employees, forcing them to lay down on the ground. Then, the employees were forced to disclose where the safe was located and to unlock the cash register. Two of the multiple victims were then hit on the back of the head with the guns before the suspects fled the scene. The suspects left in a vehicle that pulled up to the door and they took an unknown amount of money. The employees reported have a few minor bruises, but were otherwise unharmed.

     During the same day, the Rockford police released that another man was robbed at gunpoint around 2:45 p.m. The victim was a 20-year-old man who was with two other acquaintances at the time. The group was walking near an alleyway off of Wallace Street when the two acquaintances decided to turn against the man. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun and demanded money, while the other suspect searched the victim’s pockets in broad daylight. The suspects fled the scene on foot by running south down the alley. The victim has been reported to have no injuries from the attack.

     The Chief of Police, Dan O’Shea, has not yet released a statement about either of the incidents to the public.

     Both of the armed robberies that took place are in urgent need for information from the public, according to the Rockford Police Department. If any information is available the police are urging everyone to contact them directly or to call Crime Stoppers.