Rockford, Illinois News

Police: Man attempts to steal refrigerator from Rockford home

ROCKFORD – A 56-year-old man found himself in jail early Friday morning after police say he attempted to steal a refrigerator from a home on the city’s west side.

Leo King Jr., 56, of  Rockford, was arrested when police responded to the 2300 block of Douglas Street after receiving a report that a man was attempting remove the appliance from the residence. Police located King near the scene.

King is charged with residential burglary and remains jailed on a $70,000 bond.

Other weekend incidents
Also on Friday, at 1:15 p.m., Rockford officers were notified that a victim with a gunshot wound to the hand arrived at a local hospital. After further investigation, officers believed the incident was related to an earlier shooting on the 900 block of Michigan Avenue but the victim was uncooperative.

At a 2:20 p.m., Friday,officers responded to a shots-fired report in the 3200 block of Auburn Street. Three men were transported to a local hospital in that incident. Police say their wounds were not life threatening. It is believed the men were shot by the passenger of a black Jeep Wrangler what was parked next to them.

At around 1:45 a.m., officers responded to Broadway Food & Liquor, 2710 Broadway, for a report of shots fired in the parking lot. Officers met with an Illinois State Enforcement Security Agent who reported that a fight broke out several subjects, and someone fired a shot. No one was struck, and there was no damage to property.

Just after 10 a.m., Saturday, police to a traffic crash at 533 Score St. Witnesses say two armed men fled from a Cadillac SUV after it hit a parked vehicle and rolled over. A gun was recovered from the rolled SUV.

At 2:55 p.m., Saturday, in the 1200 block of 29th Street, police say a juvenile victim was on his deck when a male subject approached him on foot and demanded money and a cell phone. The victim complied, walked into the house, and the suspect followed him.

“The suspect pulled a gun and pointed it at the juvenile,” Rockford Police Public Information Officer Michelle Marcomb said in a release. “The juvenile then locked himself into a bathroom while the suspect rummaged through items and eventually left.”

At 7 p.m., Saturday, Rockford officers responded to the 4200 block of Auburn Street in reference to a man who was being detained by Metro Security. Police say the subject, identified as Victor Moore, was in possession of two guns, over 80 grams of cannabis, and $1,175 in cash.

Moore, 27, of Rockford, is charged with possession of a stolen weapon, no FOID, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

Also on Saturday, police responded to a shots-fired report near the intersection of Broadway and Christina Street. Police say the occupants of a red Chevy Cruze were shooting at a blue Ford Escape. Officers were also able to locate spent shell casings and a spent bullet. No one was injured.

Police responded to a gun incident just before Sunday, Aug. 2, in the 2200 block of Auburn Street, where suspects in two cars were shooting at each other. Police say the incident unfolded when a white Toyota Camry, reported stolen out of Madison, entered the driveway of 2230 Auburn, followed by an SUV.

“The front passenger fired 14 shots toward the Camry, and then fled,” Marcomb said. “The stolen Camry also fled and both vehicles were unable to be located. Officers were able to locate numerous shell casings. No one was struck, but there was damage to property.”

At around 1 p.m., Sunday, Rockford officers responded to a report that shots had been fired at a home in the 3000 block of Huffman Boulevard. Officers located shell casings but no suspects.

About five minutes later, police were notified that a 60-year-old woman was struck in the back by gunfire in the 2400 block of Barton Boulevard.

“She appeared to be an unintended target,” Marcomb said.

Marcomb said detectives are investigating a possible link to the Huffman Boulevard incident.

“Several shell casings were discovered and multiple homes in the area were struck,” she said.

The woman’s condition is not known.

At around 10 p.m., Sunday, at a home in the 900 block of Island Avenue, officers responded to a vehicle on fire and located two homemade incendiary devices. The residence was also struck by gunfire. No have been named.

Approximately 15 minutes later, officers responded to the 2700 block of 11th Street where two cars were struck by gunfire.  No suspects have been identified but a silver sedan was seen leaving the area.

At around 1:10 a.m., Monday, officers responded to a local hospital to speak with a man who was being treated for a minor gunshot wound. The victim said he was near the roundabout on College Avenue when he thought he heard fireworks. He then realized that he had been shot. Officers later located one shell casing and one intact bullet in the 500 block of Division Street.

The victim had an outstanding warrant out of Ogle County. He was treated and taken into custody.

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