Rockford’s ‘SCOPE’ team has struck again with the arrest of a suspected serial armed robber.
On Sunday, officers tasked to the SCOPE teams were conducting surveillance in the 3300 block of 11th Street at around 10pm when they observed the armed robbery of a Subway there.
As the suspected armed robber, Nicholas Duncan, left the restaurant, they attempted to take him into custody. Duncan attempted to run to escape, then turned towards the officers pursuing in their vehicle and pointed his gun at them. That’s when the officers hit him with the unmarked car, forcing him onto the hood of the car and dropping his weapon. It turned out the gun was a lifelike BB gun.
Duncan, who is 18 and from David Junction, was not seriously hurt and refused treatment at the scene.
For that incident, he faces Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Resisting Police charges, but would soon face more.
That’s because the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police believe Duncan may have also robbed another Subway at 5022 S. Main St. on Friday. He has been charged with Armed Robbery in connection with that incident.
Detectives from both agencies are continuing to investigate the possibility that Duncan is responsible for other similar incidents in the Rockford area. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department 779/500-6551, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police 815/319-6432 or Crime Stoppers 815/963-7867.