“We’re very proud of our deputies work in investigating this and the quick apprehension of the people we believe and we’ve charged with committing these crimes,” said Chief Deputy Mark Karner of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department.
Police identified three suspects accused of being connected to a series of home invasions Monday.
Javareise Garyknight, Charles Gary, and Triscina Lawrence are charged with their role in two robberies.
Police say the group broke into two Rockford homes and beat the victims inside. Both victims were elderly females.
“There’s a belief on the criminals part that these people are particularly vulnerable to crime,” Karner said. Both are okay, but he says it’s common for criminals to target senior citizens. “When somebody takes advantage of them, breaks into their home, and then causes harm to them, it’s wrong,” said Pam Mahan, ‘Senior Helpers’ Community Relations Coordinator.
‘Senior Helpers’ is an organization that offers personal and companion care to senior citizens. Mahan says security can make a difference for vulnerable people. One option she suggested was a watch or pendant made by ‘Electronic Caregiver’ that can be pushed to immediately call 911.
“If they’ve been hit or maybe knocked unconscious, that would alert them and they would be sending somebody immediately because there was no answer,” Mahan said. She also suggests video surveillance that could alert you of possible suspicious activity.
Karner says no matter how big the issue, reach out to officers if you’re in trouble. “By all means call 911, call us immediately so we can investigate,” he added.