Police respond to violent crimes, one suspect arrested

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Police Department responded to two reports of violent crimes Sunday.

The first occurred shortly before 12:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Hess Court. Upon arrival, officers learned a 25-year-old male and a 42-year-old male got into an argument. The 25 year old was then stabbed once in the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect, identified as Taiwan Jones, was taken into custody at the scene.

Jones, 42, is charged with aggravated battery with a knife. He’s being held without bond and is due in court March 14.

At around 2:20 a.m. Rockford officers were called to the Mobil at 2624 Stowmarket Ave. for a possible strong armed robbery. Police say the suspect placed items for purchase on the front counter and then walked around to the other side and demanded money from the clerk’s register. He then left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect did not display a weapon. He is described as a white male, approximately 26 years old. He’s between 6-1 and 6-2, 185 pounds with auburn-colored facial hair.

Police say a woman sustained minor injuries from from flying debris when gunfire hit a house in the 1500 block of Daisy Avenue around 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. The apparent shooter is approximately 25 years old, 5-9, 200 pounds with short dark hair and a tattoo under his right eye. The second suspect is 27 to 28 years old, 6 feet,180 pounds with shoulder-length, light-colored dreadlocks.

Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to call the Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or leave an anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867. R.

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