Man threatens Rockford officers with gun - – Rockford’s News Leader

UPDATED: Man threatens Rockford officers with gun

Lilrobert Adams Lilrobert Adams


A nearly 6 hour long stand-off between Rockford police and a suspect goes on in the basement of the Public Safety Building, while people go about their work day in the Winnebago County Courts above.

What started as a early morning arrest eventually required the help of hostage negotiators and the bomb squad.

Around 5:30 a.m., officers respond to a domestic call on the 700 block of 10th Avenue. The offender, Lilrobert Adams, initially ran, but officers quickly caught up with him.

He was then handcuffed, searched, and placed in the squadrol van. Police say Adams also gave a false name to officers.

According to the statement, while on the way to the Public Safety Building (PSB), Adams told officers he had a gun and would come out of the van shooting.

Deputy Chief Lori Sweeny says, "As we were getting close to the Public Safety Building, he told the officers in the van that he had a weapon."

The drivers of the squadrol then secured the van in the basement of the PSB.

Adams had been patted down for weapons before being loaded into the van, but since the 20 year old was able to reposition his arms from behind his back, to the front of his body while in handcuffs, oOfficers did not want to take any chances..

"There's no way for the suspect to get out of the squadrol without us letting him out so at no time was he running free or was he free. He was in a contained space."

So instead of opening the van doors, the Bomb Squad, the Hostage Negotiation team, and the SWAT Team negotiated with him.

Around 11:20 a.m., Adams was removed from the van and taken into custody without incident.

Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson says, "In the end the suspect who will now be arrested was not injured, nor were any officers injured."

No gun was found on Adams.  

Adams has been charged with:

  • Domestic Battery
  • Unlawful Restraint
  • Obstructing Identification
  • Resisting/Obstructing an Officer
  • City Arrest Warrant

One of the officer involved in these negotiations was actually just back on the job. Sergeant Andre Brass had just returned to duty after being involved in the Logan Bell shooting.


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