ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Police arrested the suspect in an early-morning burglary after a nearly four-hour standoff on Monday.
According to Rockford Police, police were called to the 1100 block of 21st Avenue around 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, September 2nd for a reported burglary in progress.
Police said the suspect, Aaron Watson, 33, had three residents in the house and was in possession of a rifle. Police also said Watson was known to the residents.
The occupants were able to leave when officers arrived but Watson reportedly remained within. Police said the house contained various other weapons.
Negotiators worked to get Watson to surrender, which he did at 3:45 a.m., police said.
He was taken to a local hospital and will be transported to the Winnebago County Jail upon release.
Watson has been charged with Domestic Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon, and Possession of a Defaced Firearm.
In 2020, Watson was sentenced to 4 years on a negotiated plea deal for dealing methamphetamine.