Armed parolees arrested after fight with police

Kedrick R. Burden
Kedrick R. Burden

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Four parolees were arrested Monday April 21, after a traffic stop turned into a physical confrontation with officers on Rockford’s west side.

Responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle, officers made a traffic stop near Winnebago Street and Auburn Road at 9:26 p.m. During the stop, 21-year-old Kedrick R. Burden and 22-year-old Eric L. Brown, exited the vehicle and allegedly began fighting with officers. Police were able to subdue the men and take them into custody. Both suspects were armed, police said.

Burden, of Rockford, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest, aggravated assault of a police officer, defacing firearm ID markings and no FOID.

Brown faces charges of possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of cannabis and no FOID. 

Two handguns were recovered.

The men who remained in the vehicle were charged with associating with known gang members. All four suspects are on parole.

Eric. L Brown
Eric L. Brown

Burden and Brown are on parole for 2011 gun offenses. Brown lives at 5525 W. Cortez St., Chicago, according to Winnebago County court records. Both men are being held without bond. They are scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

The names of the other suspects have not been released.

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