Two teens arrested after armed robbery of Neighborhood Market

Online Staff Report

At approximately 3:35 p.m., Jan. 1, officers responded to the Neighborhood Market, 1102 Ferguson St., Rockford, in reference to an armed robbery to the business.

Upon officers’ arrival, the victim advised he was working the register when two subjects entered the store. The subjects purchased two bags of chips and then one suspect pulled a black handgun and pointed it at the clerk demanding money. The clerk gave the suspect currency, and then both suspects fled the area southwest on foot.

Moments after the armed robbery, a Rockford police officer observed a subject matching the description of one of the suspects walking near the intersection of Loomis Street and Sanford Street. The subject, later identified as Marvin G. Prince, 17, had two bags of chips with him and three .40-caliber bullets in his pocket.

Prince was transported to the Neighborhood Market and subsequently identified by the clerk as one of the suspects.

Officers were led to a home in the 1500 block South Central Avenue, where they located the second suspect, Jacoby Evans, 18. Evidence of the armed robbery was located in the house, including a .22-caliber handgun, which was reported stolen out of Georgia.

Evans was charged with armed robbery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm and no Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. Prince was charged with armed robbery and no FOID for ammunition.

Posted Jan. 2, 2014

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