Police arrest 3 people in weekend incidents

Austen Fowler

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – Officers with the Rockford Police Department responded to incidents that resulted in the arrests of three individuals over the weekend.

Just after midnight Friday, Jan., 31, officers located a blue Pontiac Grand Prix that had been reported as stolen and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. During the attempted stop, the driver, later identified as Lonnie Young Jr., refused to pull over.

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Deputies from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department assisted in attempting to stop the suspect vehicle. The car eventually lost control at West State Street and Kilburn Avenue, hit a curb, and became disabled. Young and a juvenile passenger were taken into custody. A handgun was recovered from the vehicle.

Young, 19, of Rockford, is charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle. The juvenile is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Young was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center. 

At around 5 p.m., Friday, officers were called to the 1200 block of Crosby Street for shots fired. Officers learned that the 33-year-old victim was in front of his residence when he was approached by two men. One of the suspects pointed a gun at him before the victim fled. The victim heard one gunshot. 

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No one was injured. The suspects are described as two black men. 

At around 6 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, patrol offices observed an individual, later identified as 26-year-old Austen Fowler, slumped over the wheel of a vehicle. 

“Officers located a handgun, drug paraphernalia, counterfeit currency and open alcohol containers inside the vehicle,” the police department said in a release. “The handgun had been previously reported as stolen, and Fowler was wanted on two warrants out of Texas”

Fowler, of Rockford, is aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, violation of the Controlled Substance Act, DUI, driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal transportation of alcohol, improper lane usage and no FOID.

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Anyone with information about any these cases should contact Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or leave an anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

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