Four Rockford teens are behind bars after robbing a man at gunpoint early Saturday morning on Rockford’s Southwest side.
Police say they responded to the 500 block of S. Central Ave. just after 3 A.M. Saturday, where a 38-year-old male victim told them he was walking to a friends house when a red Dodge Durango pulled along side him. The victim told police that two of the four occupants in the SUV got out of the car, pushed him to the ground, and point a gun at him, demanding money. The victim was able to get away and the suspects fled the scene.
While police were speaking with the victim, another officer spotted the red Durango a few blocks away and attempted to stop it. Police say the Durango then sped off and got away.
About 20 minutes later, police say the vehicle, which was reported as stolen, was spotted again at 18th Ave. and Parmele St. The vehicle fled once again when officer tried to stop it, but this time officers persued. One of the suspects got out of the vehicle at 18th St., fleeing on foot. Police were able to stop the vehicle at Wesleyan and 20th St.
Three suspect in the vehicle were taken into custody, while officers searched in the area of 18th St. where they found the fourth suspect. Police say they also found a black BB gun in the vehicle.
The driver of the Durango, a 15 year old, is being charged with Attempted Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery on a Public Way, 2 counts of Aggravated Fleeing to Elude, a juvenile probation warrant, and a long list of other traffic offenses.
The other three suspects, two 14 year olds and a 16 year old, are being charged with Attempted Armed Robbery and Aggravated Battery on a Public way.
Rockford Police tell Eyewitness News that detectives are investigating whether the four are connected to the string of armed robberies that happened earlier this week, but haven’t confirmed if they are yet.