ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Police Officers are on the hunt for a man who allegedly hijacked a car in broad daylight.
The car-jacking incident happened about one this afternoon at 126 N 1st St. Police say a black male threatened a woman driver with a knife and made off with a white ford fusion. Officers gave chase--the man stopped and ran from the car near central and mulberry.
Officers say they spotted the vehicle southbound on Central Ave near Auburn Street. The suspect lost control of the vehicle at the intersection Central and Jefferson. Officers from the Rockford Police Department, Winnebago County Sherriff’s Department, and Illinois State Police, working in cooperation, set a perimeter surrounding the area and tracked the suspect for several blocks. The REACT helicopter was on station overhead as it was already in the area.
Despite the chase the man escaped. Witnesses say he was a black man about 30 years old 5’8” and about 160lbs.
As a precautionary measure, Lewis Lemon School went on a “soft lockdown” while officers were in the area.
After an extensive search, the suspect could not be located. The victim’s car was recovered. The case remains under investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this crime can call the Rockford Police Department at 987-5824.