Nine-month-old and Four Other Children Held at Gunpoint on Sherman Ave

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Two, possibly three homes were robbed on Sherman Avenue over the weekend. The victims declined to speak about the home invasions on camera, but one said she does not feel safe in her own home anymore.  She says the gunmen came into her home and held her nine-month old son at gunpoint and then demanded money.

Several minutes later, the same thing happened, but this time two doors down.

The resident of the other Sherman Avenue home said she was standing in her kitchen when one of the armed men kicked her door in. She then ran to the living room where her kids and nephews were. The suspects ordered to them to lay on the floor. Meanwhile the other suspects, as she described it ,were just ‘making a mess’ and going through her house.

The incidents are adding to a growing list of home invasions this past week. Vernon Sims, officer at the Rockford Police Community Service Unit, said there are ways to help ensure your home is safe and secure.

“We’re encouraging the citizens to get an alarm, have a camera, especially closed circuit cameras. The bad guys see the cameras. Those are a big deterrence.” said Sims.

Surveillance equipment could deter robbers from intruding, but Officer Sims also suggests storing valuables elsewhere and cooperating with the intruders.

“These are the things that the suspect want. We would rather that if you did have some items at your house. Allow them to take those particular items as opposed to placing your life in danger.” said Sims.

Anyone with information on these cases should contact Rockford Police or Crimestoppers.
 

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