ROCKFORD — All 14 suspected Hells Angels sought by authorities in connection with a June 27 beating and armed robbery of a Rockford area man are in police custody.
Chicago Police Department officers arrested a 13th man, Jose Vielma of Countryside, on Friday night. The last of those sought, Christopher L. Lawson, 39, who was previously listed as at-large, turned himself in to Rockford authorities Sunday.
Lt. Marc Welsh said police began to investigate the case after a man was treated at an area hospital for injuries consistent with a severe beating. Seventeenth Circuit Court Judge Ronald White authorized the arrests after being consulted late Thursday night.
Court documents say the victim, whose most recent entry in online records lists a Machesney Park address, was attacked by the 14 men who allegedly conspired together to beat and rob him.
One man hit him with an ax handle, another struck him with brass knuckles and two men started a fire in an attempt to burn evidence of the beating, court documents say. He was punched by three men, tasered, struck with a hammer and stabbed with a knife.
They stole his wallet, keys and white GMC
An 11-year-old girl, whose relationship to the victim was not been specified by authorities, was held against her will while the victim was attacked, court documents say.
Seems like most of the people of Rockford don't have a problem with that. But this afternoon when an almost identical crime came across the Scanner...
14 suspects beating up 1 female victim near the 10th ave park
The comments were of quite a different color...
Which left me scratching my head, wondering , which is it? Is this type of violence alright, or not. Or is it only alright when certain people do it? Now you don't have to peel back the poopblossom very far to detect the virulent racism that permeates the soul of this city like a malignant tumor. While the rest of the world tries to move on into this new millenium, Rockford stays behind, and festers.