Two Rockford men face attempted murder, armed robbery charges

Courtesy: Winnebago County Sheriff's Office
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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Two Rockford men were charged for a two-day crime spree in the Loves Park and Rockford areas last month.

Bradley Wooden, 22, and Joseph McCormick, 26, are accused of 17 combined charges, including attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

The charges stem from multiple robberies.

Rockford police say the first happened around 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 19 in the 200 block of South Gardiner Avenue.

A victim told officers she was sitting in her car when a truck pulled up next to her. A man got out of the car, asked for directions, pulled out a handgun and demanded money. Police say the suspect left with the victim's purse and money.

Officers went to a local hospital the following day, meeting with a man who was injured in another alleged armed robbery he said happened at Loves Park near East Riverside.

Later that night, police say a victim was robbed in the 4100 block Harrison Avenue in Rockford. A man was washing his car when he was approached by two male suspects.

Police say the victim was punched several times before the suspects left with his belongings and cash. The victim is recovering after he was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say four victims were affected by the reported and alleged robberies with multiple victims treated at hospitals. Rockford and Loves Park police teamed up for the investigation, which identified McCormick and Wooden as the suspects.

McCormick and Wooden are being held in Winnebago County Jail. Charges include attempted first degree murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, unlawful vehicular invasion, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery in a public place, mob action, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and speeding.

Winnebago County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced the charges during a Wednesday news conference.