UPDATE: The entire city of Rockford is on high alert after a string of robberies to people and businesses.
Police confirm at least 13 armed robberies since 3 p.m. this afternoon and 12 of them seem to be connected.
We're learning details about what's happened to some of these victims. One was taking out his garbage on N. Sunset Ave. around 4:30 p.m. when he was robbed. He told police one suspect pointed at gun at him while the other searched his pockets. They drove off.
Later, just before 6 p.m., a Rockford man was parking his car on 21st St. The victim says a car stopped nearby, three suspects demanded anything valuable on him. Two of them were armed with handguns.
Here are the specific streets of all the robbery locations we've gotten confirmed by Rockford Police so far: John St., Miriam Ave., N. Independence, N. Court St., two incidents on Ashland Ave., about five minutes apart, N. Sunset Ave., 21st St., and N. Main St. We also know the Verizon Wireless store on S. Perryville was robbed tonight as well.
Details are continuing to come in and we will continue to keep you updated throughout the night.
UPDATE: Rockford Police responded to an armed robbery at 3699 N. Main St. at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday night.
The victim said he parked his car at the Chase Bank and went inside using the ATM. He returned to his car when a male suspect came up behind him and put something hard, cold and metal against the back of his head, according to police. The suspect demanded money and the victim handed him his wallet.
Suspect #1: (Unknown race) male about 6'1 and 180 pounds, wearing a heavy black hoodie and dark jeans
Rockford Police responded to an armed robbery at 413 John St. at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say the victim was walking west on John Street when a green Chevrolet Cavalier turned onto John Street from Church Street. Two black male suspects wearing black coats, black ski masks, blue jeans and black gloves left the car and approached the victim. Police said both had black semi-automatic handguns and one said, "Empty your pockets or I'm going to shoot you," to the victim. The victim refused and the suspect punched her in the left temple, knocking her to the ground. The suspects then left the scene.
Suspect #1 (rear drives side): Black Male, approx. 18, thin, black jacket, blue jeans, black gloves, black ski mask
Suspect #2 (rear passenger side): Black Male, approx. 18, thin, black jacket, blue jeans, black gloves, black ski-mask
Suspect #3 (driver): black male, unknown further
Suspect #4 (front passenger): black male, unknown further
Rockford Police Department responded to an armed robbery at 2009 Ashland Ave. Police said a woman was walking east on Ashland Avenue when a gold Toyota Camry with tinted windows approached the her, just before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Police say she began walking faster when a suspect left the car, pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at her and shouted, "Give me your purse," twice. She threw the purse toward the suspect and ran the other way while others in the car began yelling, "Check her pockets."
The suspect is described as wearing a red unmarked hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black gloves.
Suspect #1 (rear drivers side passenger): Unmarked red hooded sweatshirt (hood up), blue jeans, black gloves, black S/A handgun, 5'9", thin, dark skin BM, 20-25
Suspect #2 (front passenger): Black male, white hooded sweatshirt
Suspect #3 (driver): BM, unknown further
Suspect #4 (rear passenger side passenger): BM, unknown further
Rockford Police responded to an armed robbery in the area of Miriam Avenue and Ashland Avenue around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say the victim was walking west on Ashland Avenue when a black 4-door car pulled up in front of him. Police say a white man got out of the car and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at him. The suspect told the man to empty his pockets. When the victim refused the suspect hit him in the head with the gun. According to police the suspects then took off in the car.
Suspect #1 white male, 5'10", 200lbs, black clothes, olive colored skin (medium complexion) wearing all black with a ski mask which covered his face from the nose down. ***Armed with handgun***
The victim of an armed robbery was pistol whipped in the back of the head around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of N. Independence Avenue and Jefferson Street. Rockford Police said the victim was walking north on N. Independence Avenue from Save-A-Lot when an older gold 4-door Buick drove up to the victim. Reports say three black males left the car, one armed with a black handgun. One suspect stayed in the car. They demanded money and the victim turned away to leave quickly when the victim was pistol whipped in the back of the head one time.
Suspect #1 - black male 16-18, 6-0, 137, red/black hoodie and armed with a black handgun.
Suspect #2- black male, 16-18, 6-1, 140, black hoodie, black pants, black hat and a black ski mask.
Suspect #3 - black male 16-18, wearing a black hoodie.
Suspect $4 - black male driver no further description.
Rockford Police responded to an armed robbery at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday at 1417 N. Court St.
Police said the victim was walking through the 400 block of King Street when an older gold 4-door car pulled in front of him. The car blocked the victim's path on the sidewalk when three unknown black males left the car, with one still in the car. They ran toward the victim with one pointing a black handgun at the victim and the other two checked the victim's pockets. They stole a black leather wallet. The suspects then got in the car and left.
Suspect #1 The driver of the vehicle, a black male, covered his face with a piece of clothing, unknown further.
Suspect #2 Front passenger of the vehicle, a black male, about 20 years old, 140 pounds, wearing a red sweatshirt, covering his face with a piece of clothing, and armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.
Suspect #3 Rear passenger, a black male, about 20 years old, 140 pounds, wearing a gray sweatshirt, covering his face with a piece of clothing.
Suspect #4 Rear passenger, a black male, about 20 years old, 140 pounds, wearing a black sweatshirt, covering his face with a piece of clothing.
UPDATE: Rockford Police Department said the armed robberies Tuesday night seem to be related, according to a message to residents on the Rockford Police Blotter. Police encourages anyone who witnesses suspicious activity to immediately call police and do not confront the suspects.
There have been several armed robberies reported in the Rockford area tonight.
13 News has confirmed that seven armed robberies have been reported just in the past 3 hours. That's according to Rockford Police Assistant Deputy Chief Doug Pann.
That's on top of five confirmed armed robberies that happened Monday night.
One of the first ones reported by police Tuesday evening was at 5:03 p.m. in the 300 block of N. Sunset Avenue.
Police said the victim took his garbage out and was met by someone who said, "Hey sir."
The victim told police a black or gray 4 door vehicle was parked near him and a suspect got out of the vehicle and pointed a long black semi-automatic handgun at him. He then said another suspected got out of the car and searched his pockets while the other suspect pointed the gun at him.
The victim said he didn't have anything on him and the suspects weren't able to take anything.
Police described the suspects in this case based on the victim's account:
Suspect #1 M/B 16-18, 5-2 180 light skin, no clothing description ***Armed with handgun***
Suspect #2 M/B 20’s, 5-9 150, dark skin, no clothing description
Suspect #3 M/B stayed in the driver’s seat, no further description
Suspect vehicle: beige or gray 4 door vehicle
If you have information related to this incident, you're asked to call Rockford Police.
Another person was robbed a short time later at 5:48 p.m.
That victim told officers he was parking his car in the 900 block of 21st street when an older Silver Chevy Malibu or similar model car stopped and three people got out. The victim said two of the suspects were armed with handgun and demanded any cash or valuables he had on him. it was unclear if the suspect took anything.
Police described the suspects based on the victim's account as:
Suspects M/B 14-18 years old, wearing dark clothing.