Rockford police look for three suspects after a couple robberies right near East High School. The victims are students there.
One of the victim's moms says this crime has changed her family's life in a couple different ways. This parent wishes to keep her and her son's identity protected. She says her son was walking to school last Tuesday, about 50 yards from school grounds, when he was approached. The suspect took her son's iPod and phone before showing he was armed.
"Then he pulled the revolver out of his sweatshirt pocket and pointed it at him and asked him 'Are you sure? Are you sure you don't have anything else? What's in your backpack?'" -she recounts.
She says her son told this person all he had was homework, then he walked away.
"The guy was still talking to him as he was walking away and told him, 'I'll be back after school, remember my face.'"
Her son went right into the building, telling administrators and the school officer what happened. They then called her.
"I don't even remember driving to the school. I remember when I got the call I wanted to faint. I opened the door to the office and saw him and it just seemed like he was so far away; I just couldn't wait to hug him. They already had the police there and he gave his statement and I took him home."
Three days later, another theft happened to a different East high-schooler.
"On the second incident was a cell phone. We have increased the police presence both before and after school and also District #205 is working closely with us. They have increased their security." -says Rockford Police Department Deputy Chief David Hopkins.
The first victim's mom says her family has been robbed of security.
"I don't feel safe. I don't think [my son] does either. You don't think that this can happen going to school where you're going to be safe. I just want people to be on their guard around there." -she says.
She now drives her son to school and either his dad or a family friend picks him up. She and Rockford police say in the first incident, the suspect is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, approximately 140 pounds, 16 or 17 years old with short braids, black glasses, a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. In the second incident, police don't have very detailed descriptions of the two suspects involved, but they do believe the two cases are unrelated and that all three suspects are in their teens.
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