ROCKFORD – Five Rockford juveniles were arrested Wednesday, accused of attacking a 43-year-old man on the city’s near-east side.
The victim met with officers at a local hospital and said he was walking in the 1100 block of Fifth Avenue when a gold sedan stopped in the roadway and five subjects exited the vehicle, threatening to shoot him. Police say the subjects knocked the man to the ground and stole his wallet and keys.
Rockford patrol officers later located the sedan on the west side of the city. The occupants had fled on foot and were later arrested in the 500 block of Montague Street.
Charged are two 12-year-olds, a 13-year-old, 15-year-old and a 16-year-old. Each was lodged in the Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center. They are charged with aggravated battery, aggravated robbery and mob action.
Police say similar incidents involving the same suspects also occurred Wednesday morning. The cases are being reviewed with the Winnebago County States Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900 or leave an anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.