Suspect in 2016 Rockford killing turns himself in

ROCKFORD — A man wanted in the 2016 shooting death of a 24-year-old Rockford resident has turned himself in, police reported.

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, Geoffery Brown, 38, turned himself in at the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center and was booked into jail on multiple counts.




Police say the charges stem from a shooting that occurred May 18, 2016, in the 1000 block of 15th Avenue. That is where, at 2:45 p.m., patrol officers and detectives from the Rockford Police Department responded and located the 24-year-old James Tomlinson, who was suffering from gunshot wounds. Tomlinson was transported to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Detectives from the Rockford Police Department conducted a follow-up investigation into the incident that was later reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result charges were authorized and a warrant for Brown’s arrest was obtained. He has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Initial bond has been set at $5 million.




Police are also searching for 30-year-old William Laboy Fontanez, who faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery in the May 28, 2015 stabbing death of 19-year- old Alonzo Garuno that occurred at 1435 Broadway.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of William Laboy Fontanez is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department Investigations Bureau at 779-500- 6551 or Crime Stoppers 815-963- 7867. R.

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