Rockford stabbing suspect in custody

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – A man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing two people at a Rockford Walmart.

At about 5 p.m.,  Wednesday, officers responded to the Walton Street store and were told a man purchased a box cutter inside the store before stabbing a male employee in the chest and a female Walmart worker in the shoulder.

The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Ocyrus Oats, was located and arrested in the parking lot following the stabbing. He’s charged with two counts of aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Police say the attack was random and Oats had no previous interactions with the victims.

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The victims’ injuries were not life threatening.

Oats his being held without bond in the Winnebago County Jail.

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