Two Teens Arrested, One Still Sought, for January Armed Robbery Outside Mendelssohn

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Three teenagers have been accused of a January armed robbery in Rockford, two of which were arrested Tuesday morning.

On January 19th, four victims leaving Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center were held up by three suspects, one who was armed with a handgun, as the other two stole property from the victims. There were no injuries and the three suspects got away before police arrived.

An investigation in coordination with Rockford Police’s Violent Crime Unit and members of the Rockford Police Department Housing Authority Unit led to the identification of three juvenile suspects.

After a warrant was authorized, officers and a SWAT team executed the search warrants at three residences in the Fairgrounds Housing Development. That led to two arrests, a 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old male. Police also recovered a shotgun, BB pistol and stolen property.

The identities of the juveniles will not be released due to their ages. The warrant on the third juvenile has yet to be served. The two arrested suspects are charged with armed robbery.

“These arrests are a testament to the methodical work of our detectives and officers who continue to diligently work to identify and apprehend the individuals responsible for terrorizing innocent citizens,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. “Let this serve as a reminder, we will not tolerate acts of violence in our community, and we will continue to dedicate our resources to ensuring the parties that commit these acts are held accountable.”

The arrest of the two juveniles comes on the heels of three other teenagers who were arrested Sunday night after being caught driving a stolen vehicle in Rockford.

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