Man arrested after two home invasions in retirement village

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Rockford man is facing charges following two home invasions at a Rockford retirement village.

Saturday, November 30th shortly before 4 p.m. Rockford Police responded to a home invasion in the 2700 block of Embury Drive in the Wesley Willows Retirement Village.

According to authorities, a male suspect entered the residence and demanded money from a 86-year-old female victim.

The victim gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled, police said.

The victim was not hurt.

On Sunday, December 1st around 12:30 a.m. Rockford Police Officers responded to another home invasion with in Wesley Willows in the 4200 block of Ahlstrand Drive.

According to authorities, an 82-year-old victim was sleeping inside the residence when the suspect woke him up and demanded money.

The victim refused and the suspect threw a watch at the victim, striking him in the face, police said.

The suspect fled without taking anything, and the victim refused medical treatment for the injury on his face.

Detectives investigated both incidents and identified the suspect as 18-year-old Bennett Stewart, police said.

He was taken into custody on an unrelated warrant during a traffic stop Monday, December 2nd.

Stewart is charged with Aggravated Battery to a Senior Citizen, two counts of Residential Burglary, Home Invasion, Robbery and Attempted Robbery.

Police said that Stewart was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail, and his bond is set at $75,000.


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