Auburn Manor mob attack prompts SWAT security search

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Early Tuesday, Rockford’s SWAT team was called into action at a Rockford apartment complex. A violent attack put the operation into motion.

An attack on a pair of Auburn Manor security officers prompted a response from the Rockford Police Department’s SWAT team.

Police say both victims were surrounded by multiple people Monday night.

“They were attempting to effect an arrest of an individual for a drug violation,” said Rockford Police Lt. Kurt Whisenand. “They were attacked by a group of 7-10 individuals.”

Out of the seven to ten suspects, investigators have identified three.

Rockford Police say 28-year-old Porscha Gilmore, 20-year-old Johnnell Turner and 23-year-old Damonte Jones have all been charged with aggravated battery to a private security officer and mob action.

“We determined it necessary, for the safety and security of the residents here and the safety and security of the officers, to utilize the SWAT team to conduct a security sweep and warrant check,” Lt. Whisenand said.

Due to a murder at the west side apartment complex earlier this month and the violent nature of Monday’s attack, Rockford’s tactical team was sent in.

“Going through all the buildings,” Lt. Whisenand said. “Again, checking for the people who are wanted on warrants, but also identifying those individuals who don’t live on the complex, but maybe loitering in the area or trespassing and who are causing problems.”

Rockford Police say the security officers suffered minor injuries and will be okay.

“Any type of violent attack the security personnel here, we take that seriously,” Whisenand said. “That’s why we decided to use the SWAT team.”

All three suspects remain in custody.

Turner and Jones are scheduled to be in court Wednesday afternoon. Gilmore is scheduled for next month.

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