By Jim Hagerty
A Rockford woman is being credited with a significant role in the arrest of an alleged burglar Thursday, Feb. 13.
The woman called police around 8:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, and said she saw a man breaking into her neighbor’s vehicle in the 1300 block of 27th Street. She also called her neighbor, who followed the suspect. Police say the suspect fled on foot, carrying construction equipment he allegedly stole from the vehicle.
During the chase, the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Jordan Richardson, of Machesney Park, stopped and punched the ensuing neighbor in the face, police said. The neighbor was eventually able to hold Richardson to the ground until Rockford Police officers arrived and took him into custody.
Rockford Police Lt. Pat Hoey praised the caller for alerting officers and her neighbor, although he said chasing criminal suspects can be a dangerous choice.
“The Rockford Police Department does not recommend that residents confront criminals,” Hoey said. “But, in this case, one Rockford resident took bold and brave actions to protect his and his neighbors property.”
As of this report, Richardson remains jailed on a $50,000 bond. He has been charged with three counts of burglary, and single counts of battery and assault.
Winnebago County Circuit Court records show Richardson was sentenced to two years in prison in 2009 for possessing an illegal shotgun. In 2011, Richardson was convicted of felony retail theft and sentenced to 18 months in the Department of Corrections.
Richardson’s next court date is March 21.