Rockford man arrested following robbery of North Main Dollar General
Online Staff Report
Rockford police have arrested Melvin D. Bankhead, 40, of Rockford, in connection with a series of armed robberies on the city’s northwest side.
Bankhead was arrested Jan. 30 and charged with armed robbery, aggravated unlawful use of weapons, unlawful use of weapons by a felon, resisting/obstructing a police officer, aggravated fleeing to elude a police officer, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident (two counts), operation of an uninsured vehicle and improper lane usage. The charges stem from a Jan. 30 armed robbery at the Dollar General Store, 3732 N. Main St., Rockford.
Members of the Rockford Police Department were conducting a special detail on the northwest side of Rockford Jan. 30 as a result of recent armed robberies. During that special detail, detectives observed a possible suspect at the Dollar General Store, 3732 N. Main St. The suspect left the business, entered the vehicle and left the area. Detectives determined the suspect had committed an armed robbery at the business.
Members of the Rockford Police Department attempted to stop the suspect vehicle. The suspect failed to stop, and officers pursued the vehicle. The suspect struck a pedestrian at Rockford Avenue and Halsted Road. The pedestrian was not injured. The suspect was involved in another traffic crash at Kilburn and Gilbert avenue. There were no injuries as a result of that traffic crash. The suspect fled on foot from the vehicle and was taken into custody after a brief struggle in the 2100 block of Kilburn Avenue. A firearm was also recovered during the incident.
Following his arrest, Bankhead was also charged with the Jan. 19 armed robbery of Burger King, 2911 Auburn St. The armed robberies of Subway, 3009 N. Rockton Ave., Jan. 21, and Taco Bell, 2602 Auburn St., Jan. 23, were also cleared with the arrest of Bankhead, although he has not been charged with the crimes.
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