Rockford man arrested for sexually assaulting woman in rural Winnebago County

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Police say a woman was sexually assaulted in rural Winnebago County by her ex-boyfriend on Tuesday evening. 

The Rockton Police Department found a woman in need of assistance in downtown Rockton around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The female told police her ex-boyfriend forced her out of a store in Rockford and took her to the Sugar River Forest Preserve. There, she said she was beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted. She was able to escape at a gas station in Rockton. 

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted Rockton Police and Roscoe Police to arrest the suspect after a short pursuit along IL Route 2 and IL Route 75.

The suspect fought with deputies and officers while being arrested. 

Charles E. Swift, 49, faces several charges: Aggravated Domestic Battery, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude and Driving after Revocation. 

Police say additional charges are pending.

He is being held at the Winnebago County Jail. 

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