ROCKFORD - After 9:30 p.m. last night, Rockford police say an attempted robbery took place in the 800 block of Halsted Road.
A 77-year-old man was outside his home when two suspects walked up to him with a gun and demanded money. The victim didn't have any -- the suspects fled on foot. The two suspects are described as black males, about 20 years old. One was wearing a dark hoodie and the other a light-colored shirt.
Then just before 10 p.m., police say a woman was robbed in the 3900 block of Eagle Drive. According to the investigation, the victim had just got home when two suspects showed a gun and demanded her purse. She refused and tried to run away. Police say she was hit on the head twice with the gun and her cell phone was taken. They then ran away on foot.
It is unknown whether these two robberies are related.