ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Rockford Police Department is investigating a possible connection between a string of sexual assaults and arm robberies on the city's northwest side.
Detectives are investigating five sexual assaults and two strong arm robberies that have occurred over the past twelve months. The most recent sexual assault happened late at night on Feb. 12 when the suspect entered the victim's home and later sexually assaulted her. Police describe the suspect as a black male in his late teens to early twenties.
Police say that during the two strong arm robberies the suspect mentioned sexually assaulting the victim, however the act itself never happened.
Detectives say at this point in the investigation they have no reason to believe any of the victims knew their assailant. Police also say they are investigating the strong possbility that these events may be connected.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Rockford Police Deparment at 815-966-2900.