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Press Release-Armed Robbery Charges


Date: Monday, July 30, 2018

July 30th, 2018

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that a former Rockford Police Officer is one of two individuals facing charges for an armed robbery that happened earlier this month.

 Yuliya Kuznets MutJames B Akerman Mug

Yuliya KuznetsJames B. Akerman

On July 22nd, 2018, Rockford Police responded to the Van Galder Bus Station at 7559 Walton Street after a report of, an armed robbery. A woman told police that two individuals wearing dark clothing, approached her, pointed a gun at her and demanded money. Detectives conducted a follow up investigation which was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office.  As a result, charges were authorized againstYuliya Kuznets (D.O.B. 3/23/1981) and James B. Akerman (D.O.B. 4/24/1968). Kuznets and Akerman each face two counts of Armed Robbery. Kuznets is a former City of Rockford Police Officer.

 

Armed Robbery is a Class X Felony. Count 1 is punishable by a sentence of 21-45 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release. Count 2 is punishable by a sentence of 26-50 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Kuznets is currently being held in the Winnebago County Jail on $750,000 bond. She is scheduled to be in court this afternoon at 1:30pm in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center.

Akerman is currently being held in the Winnebago County Jail on $750,000 bond. He is scheduled to be in court this afternoon at 1:30pl in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center.

             

The charges are merely allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

CONTACT PERSON:

Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman

(815) 319-4725

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