Wanted Indiana Man Arrested in Rockford

By: Nichole Vrsansky
By: Nichole Vrsansky

This story sounds like the plot of a crime drama: a 33-year-old man begins a violent crime spree in Indiana, then steals a car and ends up in Rockford.

Rockford police catch up with William Ray Apple on the city's east side, but not before Apple left more victims behind.

The Rockford victims include a 60-year-old woman who is in serious condition, and a police officer who has been treated and released from Swedish American Medical Center.

Apple was wanted for a series of crimes including armed robbery, assault and rape that occurred Tuesday in Hendericks County, Indiana.

Wednesday, his crime spree continued in Rockford. Apple broke into a home on Sawgrass around 11 a.m. in the morning. He assaulted a 60-year-old woman inside.

Delivery men nearby the house were able to get a description of Apple's pick-up truck. Police spotted the vehicle shortly after. Apple then led officers on a police chase, which ended on Creek Bend. Apple crashed into a police car, which caught on fire. The officer sustained minor injuries but was able to arrest Apple.

Rockford police are charging him with a series of felonies. As to why he ended up in Rockford, police say he has no known ties to the area. Police say he may have just been traveling on I-90 which led him to Rockford.

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