Man charged with murder following April 6 fight at Rescue Mission
From press release
Shortly before 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to the Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., Rockford, in reference to a physical altercation between two residents. When they arrived, officers located the 23-year-old victim, Theophilus K. Muia, lying outside in a grassy area adjacent to the building.
Muia was unresponsive and was transported to a local hospital by a Rockford Fire Department ambulance, where he was treated for life-threatening injuries.
Officers also located the second subject allegedly involved in the fight, Fabian Hernandez, 36, of Rockford, at the scene. Detectives from the Rockford Police Department conducted a follow-up investigation into the fight. As a result, Hernandez was arrested and charged with aggravated battery.
April 7, Muia died as a result of his injuries he sustained during the fight. The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the investigation and upgraded the charges against Hernandez to first-degree murder. Hernandez is held in the Winnebago County Jail without bond.
The charges against Hernandez are merely accusations and not evidence of his guilt. As with defendants in all criminal cases, he is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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