UPDATE: Charges dropped for Metro officers accused of murder

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UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A Winnebago County judge throws out charges against two former Metro Enforcement Officers, accused in the death of 34-year-old Valentia Jovan Fresco.

Court records show criminal charges of first-degree murder, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint were dropped against 30-year-old Alijon Khalil and 28-year-old Ryan Mattingly.

Investigators accused the security guards of beating, choking and shooting Fresco in an attempt to make an unauthorized arrest last year at Auburn Manor.


Updated: July 21, 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Two private security guards accused of murdering a local man in April now have a lower bond.

Ryan Mattingly and Alijon Khalil have had their bond reduced from $1,000,000 to $100,000. They are facing charges of first degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing Jovan Blake back in April. Dozens of people rallied in support of the defendants and in memory of Blake, with some Blake supporters being turned away at the court room after it filled to capacity.

Mattingly and Khalil’s next court date is August 15.


Updated: July 8, 2016

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – 26-year-old Ryan Mattingly and 28-year-old Alijon Khalil plead “not guilty to murdering 34-year-old Valentia Jovan Fresco back in April.

The two Metro Enforcement security guards are accused of beating, choking, and shooting Fresco while trying to make an unauthorized arrest.


Updated: July 7, 2016

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The two Metro Security officers accused of shooting a man to death in April 2016 are now in custody on multiple charges including first degree murder.

Investigators say 26-year-old Ryan Mattingly and 28-year-old Alijon Khalil shot Valentia Jovan Fresco, also known as Jovan Blake, near Auburn Manor Apartments on April 16.

The State's Attorney's Office says Mattingly and Khalil both face multiple counts of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery, Unlawful Restraint, and Mob Action charges related to the incident.


Updated: May 23, 2016

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- There is new information on the shooting death of a man killed by two Metro Enforcement officers in April.

The Winnebago County Coroner's Office says the blood alcohol level of Valentia Fresco, the man killed by two Metro Enforcement officers in April, was above the legal limit when he died.

Rockford Police say in April the private security officers had a physical confrontation with Fresco, also known as Jovan Blake, who was armed, around 1:30 a.m. at a home across from Auburn Manor Apartments.

No charges have been filed against the Metro Officers.


Updated: April 18, 2016

UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Coroner's Office has identified the 34-year-old man who was shot and killed by security guards Saturday night as Valentia Fresco of Rockford.

According to the Coroner's Office, an autopsy showed Fresco's cause of death to be a gunshot wound. The death is under investigation by the Rockford Police Department. Rockford Police say the shooting happened around 1:30 Saturday morning in front of a home across from the Auburn Manor apartments. Investigators say Metro Enforcement Security, which patrols Auburn Manor had a physical confrontation with an armed suspect. Police say Fresco was shot and killed at some point during the fight. The security guards have been released without charges pending investigations.

Earlier, family of the victim told 23 News Fresco also went by the name Jovan Blake.


Updated: April 16, 2016

UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- 23 News is learning new information about the Rockford man who was shot and killed by security guards overnight. Family tells 23 News the victim's name, Jovan Blake. Saturday was Blake's 34th birthday, loved ones say he leaves behind five kids, two of them biological. Blake's brother tells 23 News that Blake had recently bought an engagement ring and was shopping for a house to settle down with his girlfriend.

The coroner has not released the victim's name. According to Rockford Police, Blake was fatally shot by two metro enforcement security guards who have been released without charges pending investigations.

"He had on a white shirt and some blue jeans and he looked like his (hands behind back) hands was like this here," said Mary Martin, who claims her son was walking with Blake before security started chasing the victim.

"He was trying to scream and fight trying to get them off him, trying to fight,” said Nadine Massenet, who claims her mom saw the shooting. “The last word we heard from him was, 'But I didn't even do nothin' and then all we heard was like seven gun shots. Seven gun shots, yes, literally seven gun shots! Probably was more."

Witnesses tell 23 news the security guards tasered the victim before shooting him. Metro enforcement has not been able to be reached for comment.


Posted: April 16, 2016

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- An armed suspect was shot dead by two security guards on Auburn Street after a confrontation with two Metro Enforcement security guards.

Rockford Police say the incident happened around 1:30 am in the 4100 block of Auburn Street.

Officers say two security guards got involved in a physical confrontation with the armed male suspect. During the confrontation, one of the Metro Enforcement security guards shot the suspect.

The suspect died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

The name of the suspect has not been released.

Detectives from the Rockford Police Department are investigating the shooting.

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