ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- On March 27th, 2013 members of the Rockford Police Department were conducting an enforcement detail concerning recent shots fired incidents in southwest Rockford. Shortly after 6:30 PM, one of the Gang Unit Detectives working the detail conducted a traffic stop at West and Blake Streets on a black Sports Utility type vehicle. After the vehicle stopped, several of the occupants fled on foot from the vehicle. The driver and one of the passengers that fled on foot were taken into custody without incident a short distance away.
During the incident a firearm in which the serial number was defaced was recovered. A green plant material suspected to be cannabis was also recovered. During the investigation it was determined that the passenger that fled from the vehicle was a Latin King gang member
The facts of the investigation were reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. The following charges were authorized:
Juvenile male, 16 years of age, Rockford, Illinois (driver of the vehicle)
No Valid Drivers license
Juvenile male, 16 years of age, Rockford, Illinois (passenger in the vehicle)
Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (On a Public Way)
Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (by a Gang member)
Criminal Defacement of a Firearm
Violation of the Cannabis Control Act
Resisting/Obstructing a Police Officer.