UPDATE: Rockford man sentenced for assaulting a police officer

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Updated December 29, 2017, 1:44 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - 22-year-old Bennie Griffith pleads guilty to the charge of aggravated assault to a police officer stemming from a March 2017 incident.

Rockford police say Griffith was the driver of a car carrying wanted murder suspect Coley Carwell around 12 p.m. on March 24. They say Griffith ran away from police when they tried to stop the car carrying Carwell, who was wanted for the November 2016 murder of Jamario Crawford.

Investigators say a warrant was issued for Griffith after the car he was driving was found later that day in the 2800 block of Rudeen Close.

Griffith was arrested on April 3, 2017.

Wednesday, Griffith was sentenced to a year and a half behind bars with credit for time served.

Carwell was arrested on April 7. He is back in court on January 12, 2018.


Posted March 27, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Police say they may have spotted the 15-year-old murder suspect wanted in the November 2016 death of 14-year-old Jamario Crawford.

Police say they saw 15-year-old Coley Carwell in the passenger seat of a silver car on March 24 near the intersection of South Main and Loomis.

Officers say when they tried to stop the vehicle, the driver, 21-year-old Bennie Griffith fled from police nearly hitting a squad car that had to swerve to avoid being hit by another car.

Officers say they lost the two going eastbound on Charles near 23rd Street. The car was found a few hours later in the 2800 block of Rudeen Close. Griffith now faces aggravated fleeing to elude and assault to an officer.