Rockford man robbed Popeyes, beat employee in series of Thanksgiving weekend crimes

Courtesy: Rockford Police Department
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Rockford man was accused for a series of violent crimes over Thanksgiving weekend, including one incident at a local Popeyes.

Zashawntray Pickett, 23, was arrested for multiple armed robberies and aggravated assaults from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

Officers first responded to NN Food and Liquor at 3109 West State Street around 7 p.m. Saturday. A man was siting in his car when Pickett reportedly approached him in the parking lot.

Police say Pickett was armed and opened the driver's door before taking off with his wallet and cell phone. No one was hurt.

Shortly after, around 7:45 p.m., police responded to an aggravated assault call in the 200 block of Miriam Avenue. A 29-year-old man reported seeing a suspect that matched Pickett’s description inside someone’s vehicle, which parked in front of his home.

When Pickett got out of the car, two victims began chasing him. Pickett allegedly turned around and pointed a gun at both of them before leaving the scene. No one was hurt.

Then, around 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, Rockford police reported to the Popeyes at 3622 Auburn Street.

Police say Pickett approached a drive-thru window, armed with a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect then hit the employee and left with an undisclosed amount of money. The victim refused medical attention.

Investigators determined Pickett as the suspect behind all three crimes. He was arrested Monday on an unrelated warrant.

Pickett was charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault with a handgun and aggravated battery.

Pickett is being held at the Winnebago County Jail on a $3 million bond. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty by the court of law.