Another Rockford area couple is in the hospital after being attacked in their home and the suspects are on the loose.
This is the second time in a week something like this has happened. The first was last Thursday, a home invasion on Rockford's Northeast side. The one this week is a little different, though, it wasn't in the middle of a crowded Rockford neighborhood. The location, 4826 Favor Road, is in a rural area near Rockton with very few neighbors around to see anything or call for help. In fact, one of the closest neighbors, Joanne Connell, lives about a half-mile from the victims. Connell speaks volumes about the husband and wife attacked, Roger and Kay Schramm.
"Wonderful neighbors, really good people, they have horses, enjoy life, just got back from a nice trip and they have this problem and it's not fair to them." -she explains.
Investigators say 6 p.m. Thursday evening, the couple came home and walked in on burglars.
"We have two males that were seen here described as being black males in their 20's, a vehicle was possibly spotted, described as a mid-size brown vehicle similar to a Pontiac Grand Prix or Grand Am." -says Winnebago County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro.
One of the suspects was carrying a weapon.
"The elderly gentleman we have here was battered, I understand with the butt of a rifle possibly and the wife was also battered. Both have been transported to Rockford hospital for examinations injuries are not serious from what I'm being told." -Iasparro says.
Connell says the Schramm's have many pets. Winnebago County Animal Services was on the scene.
"There apparently were shots fired in the house prior to the couple arriving home, I'm being told that there was possibly a dog that was shot in the house." -Iasparro adds.
Connell says that the people living along that road are a small community. They all work hard and look out for one another. The Schramm's daughter, Tara Sheetz, ran in the Boston Marathon. She was roughly 100 feet away from the finish-line explosion. Sheetz was not injured in the bombings.
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