Boy hit in face with gun near school bus stop

Online Staff Report

Rockford Police officers are on the lookout for a man they say pistol whipped a 12-year-old boy while the boy was headed to a school bus stop on the city’s west side Monday morning.

At approximately 7 a.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Irving Avenue in reference to an armed robbery with a handgun. The 12-year-old victim told police he was walking to the bus stop when he spotted a dark-colored Pontiac driving in the area. The driver of the car stopped, exited the vehicle and demanded money from the victim at gunpoint, police said.

When the victim told the suspect he had no money, the suspect struck the boy in the face with the handgun. The suspect fled in the vehicle and was last seen traveling east on Fairview Avenue.

The victim declined medical attention.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 18 years old. He is 5-feet, 2-inches, 130 pounds with short black hair. The man was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, police said.

The suspect vehicle is a black car, similar to a Pontiac Grand Prix, with a tinted rear window.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Rockford Police Department at (815) 987-5824.

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