Police: Rockford man arrested for robbery to Popeye’s and other weekend violence

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Police say 23-year-old Zashawntray Pickett is responsible for a Popeye’s drive-thru robbery and several other violent, gun related incidents over the Thanksgiving weekend.

According to Rockford Police, Pickett’s crime spree began on Saturday, November 30th, shortly after 7 p.m. in the parking lot of NN Food and Liquor, at 3109 West State Street.

There, they say he and an accomplice approached a 21-year-old man who was sitting in his car, opened the driver’s side door and threatened the victim with a handgun. The suspects then took his wallet and cellphone.

Later, at 7:45 p.m., police say they received a call from a resident in the 200 block of Miriam Avenue. The 29-year-old man reported seeing a suspect matching Pickett’s description inside a friend’s vehicle, which parked in front of his residence.

When Pickett got out of the car, the victim told police that he and and another man followed him, but Pickett allegedly turned around and pointed a gun at them. Both men fled and were not hurt.

Finally, on Sunday, December 1st, at 5:30 p.m., police say Pickett approached the drive-through window of Popeye’s, 3622 Auburn Street, pointed a gun at an employee, and demanded money.

According to police, Pickett beat the employee with the handgun and fled the scene with the cash

Police detectives say Pickett is the suspect in all three incidents.

Pickett has been charged with two counts of Armed Robbery, two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Handgun, and Aggravated Battery.

Police say he was taken into custody on Monday, December 2nd on an unrelated warrant. Court records show additional charges for Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Identification and Aggravated Assault.

He was taken to the Winnebago County Jail and is being held on a $3 million bond.


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