Rockford Police Detain Man Threatening to Harm Officers
UPDATE: Police say the situation was brought under control at 11:20 this morning. The man has now been identified as Lilrobert Adams, who was picked up earlier on a domestic battery warrant. He did NOT have a gun, but had managed to move his cuffed hands from behind his back to in front of himself while in the back of the police van known as a "squadrol."
Shortly after 6 a.m. Friday morning, Rockford police arrested the 20-year-old man. During transport to the city's criminal justice center, Adams told officers he had a handgun and meant to do the officers harm.
According to a news release from the Rockford Police Department, officers drove the man in a squadrol to the Public Safety Building basement and negotiators began talking with him. Authorities say the subject was secured the entire time and posed no harm to the public.
Police say Adams had been convicted in 2011 of aggravated assault of a police officer and resisting arrest. He is now being charged with unlawful restraint, resisting arrest, and obstruction.