A man, wanted for murder in Indiana, barricades himself in a Rockford residence for hours on Thursday. Investigators now have him in custody.
"A SWAT team made an entry into the home, found him in the basement, was able to take him into custody with no violence. There were no shots that were fired. If you heard a bang, as an entry was made, a flashbang was thrown into the basement." -says Winnebago County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro.
Anthony Jefferson was arrested inside a home on the corner of North Court Street and Palm Street. U.S. Marshals, Rockford police and Winnebago County Sheriff's police were on the scene, along with a SWAT team and hostage negotiators. Investigators say there's a murder warrant out for Jefferson's arrest. It's a crime he's accused of committing in South Bend, Indiana. We received more information on that warrant from WSJV. WSJV reported that on Monday, Jefferson allegedly shot and killed 34 year-old Jason Reid. Another victim, 33 year-old Tyreece Walker, was shot. He's expected to recover. According to WSJV reports, Jefferson is also wanted for robbery and confinement. This past Sunday, prosecutors accuse him of forcing a woman to withdraw $200 from an ATM machine as she was checking her bank balance. Then, he allegedly made her drive him to another location, then Jefferson took her cell phone. He's accused of a 7-11 robbery in South Bend the day after. Investigators say he allegedly threw coffee in the cashier's face, then asked her to open the registers, taking money and cigarettes.
Alice Jefferson, who identifies herself as Anthony Jefferson's step-mom, says he came to visit the whole family in Rockford on Wednesday. Before that, she hadn't seen him in years.
"He told me he had gotten his life together and that he was doing very well. I was pleased with that." -she says.
Investigators say Jefferson was unarmed at the time of his arrest. U.S. Marshal Debra LoMonaco says her agency became involved with this case after the South Bend Police Department contacted them. The U.S. Marshal Service arrived at the scene on N. Court & Palm and then reached out to Rockford police and Winnebago County Sheriff's police.
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