Rockford Police Arrest Suspects Wanted for Friday Pursuit and Carjacking


Rockford Police have arrested two men believed to be responsible for a police pursuit and carjacking late last week.

The incident happened Friday, June 3 at the intersection of Charles and 20th. Police say the men were being chased by authorities when they crashed at a Walgreens at that intersection, causing the vehicle to light on fire. They then stole another car and took off.

Then, on Wednesday, officers were in the 600 block of 3rd Street when they observed one of the suspects standing outside of a house. They recognized him as one of the men wanted in the in the carjacking, and took him into custody. He was identified as Marc Bell, 22, of Rockford.

Bell was in possession of a .40 caliber Glock 22.

A second suspect, identified as Emmanual Thornton, 22, of Rockford, was then also spotted at the residence. He fled on foot when officers approached, but was eventually taken into custody with the assistance of a K-9 officer.

Both men were standing next to a Buick Lacrosse that contained a stolen semi-automatic handgun inside as well as nearly 20 grams of marijuana.

Bell is charged with aggravated fleeing to elude and aggravated vehicular hijacking. Thornton is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated fleeing to elude, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, as well as resisting arrest for trying to take off Wednesday night.

An investigation is ongoing.

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