Rockford Rescuers Tell Their Story

By: Narina Crain
By: Narina Crain

Police say a very desperate William Apple targeted a 60-year-old woman in her own home on Sawgrass Drive. He pulled his truck into her garage, shut it and assaulted her.

Close by were Richard Erbe and William Coggins, deliverymen for Slumberland Furniture.

"We were on our way out and this lady runs out with cuts on her face and a towel," says Erbe.

"We told the woman and the kids to get in the house."

"I ran over to the house but didn't get into the house because the suspect drove out," says Coggins.

Erbe and Coggins man were able get a description of Apple's vehicle. They called police and told them what they had seen.

"The only thing I saw is that he was scared, trying to get away very fast and that's why I'm glad we had the info we did. They caught him 10 minutes later," says Coggins.

Erbe says the Police Department is very impressed with the efforts of he and his partner. Some are even calling them heroes.

"I don't consider us heroes, just in the right place at the right time doing our duty as citizens," says Erbe.

Both Erbe and Coggins say they would do it again in a heartbeat.


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