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Rockford man charged after bringing airsoft gun into Walmart

When police arrived at the scene, the suspect fled.
Walmart (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 1:54 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford police have charged a 20-year-old man after receiving a report of an armed man at the Walmart on Walton Street on Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., officers responded to the Walmart on Walton for a report of an armed man. Upon arrival, officers learned that as the man, Tyon McCarthy of Rockford, left the store, a Wal-Mart employee asked him to see his receipt and an argument ensued regarding showing the receipt, according to the Rockford Police Department.

McCarthy eventually exited the store, went to a vehicle in the parking lot, recovered a gun which was later determined to be an airsoft gun, and began to return to the store. Citizens and customers saw this taking place and called 911 while convincing McCarthy to leave the area.

A short time later, McCarthy returned to the store to return the items he purchased and police were notified. When officers arrived at the store and attempted to take him into custody, he threatened the officers and a physical altercation ensued. He was eventually taken into custody and lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.

McCarthy was charged with disorderly conduct, aggravated intimidation to a police officer, aggravated resisting a police officer and aggravated battery to a police officer. The Walmart is currently closed.

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