Victim and 16-year-old son restrain suspect in Rockford home invasion

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Rockford man and his 16-year-old son were able to restrain a home invasion suspect until police arrived Tuesday night.

Rockford Police say they were called to a house in the 900 block of South 5th Street shortly before midnight. When they arrived, they found a 42-year-old man restraining the suspect.

Police say 37-year-old Julius Roundtree forced his way into the home, which was occupied by several family members, and began punching the victim several times in the face.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim’s daughter ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife, then gave it to the victim’s son, who ran toward Roundtee and pushed him off his father, and together they held him down.

When the son allegedly asked Roundtree what he wanted, he said “I just want money.”

The victim suffered minor injuries, according to police.

According to police, none of the residents in the home said they knew Roundtree.

Roundtree was charged with Home Invasion and Battery and was taken to the Winnebago County Jail.

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