Rockford police are investigating after two armed robberies early Saturday morning.
Around 3:30 a.m., officers were called to the Road Ranger at 3302 11th Street. Investigators say an employee was outside taking a break when two suspects, described as two Hispanic men in their 20s, entered the store. The employee went back inside, one of the suspects showed a handgun and demanded the employee open the cash register. An undisclosed amount of money was taken along with other items. The suspects were last seen southbound. Both men were around 5'3'', 150 to 200 lbs. One was wearing a black hoodie and a blue bandana over his face. The other has short black hair wearing a tan button up shirt with a white shirt underneath. No one was hurt in this incident.
15 minutes after that call, officers went to a local hospital for a young man who had been knocked out and robbed. The man told police that he was walking to the Marathon Gas Station on 11th Street around 3 a.m. He got to the intersection of Sawyer Road and Lapey Street, he heard an unknown person walking up behind him. The victim was struck in the face by an unknown object and knocked out. When he came to, he was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of money from the victim. There is no suspect information in this case.
At this time, police do not believe the two incidents are related.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the Rockford Police Department at (815) 987-5824.