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No arrests yet in Rock Falls stabbing

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

ROCK FALLS – No arrests have been made and no names are yet being released in a March 18 stabbing in Rock Falls, police said.

The Rock Falls Police Department has asked the Sterling Police Department to handle the investigation, because one of the suspects has a personal relationship with a Rock Falls city employee, Chief Mike Kuelper wrote in an email.

“To be impartial, fair, and objective to the victims and suspects in the investigation, I determined that I would ask Chief [Ron] Potthoff if his department would take over the investigation,” Kuelper wrote.  

Two men were injured in the altercation. One was flown to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford with non-life-threatening injuries, the other sustained a cut on the face but was not stabbed, Sterling police said.

According to police:

Two calls were made to 911 around 1:16 a.m. March 18 reporting a fight in the 300 block of West 15th Street. Officers responding found a 28-year-old Sterling man with a cut in the face, who said he was attacked by three men. He was taken to CGH Medical Center, treated and released.

About 10 minutes later, a 46-year-old man called 911 from a home in rural Rock Falls and said he had been stabbed in the fight. He was taken to CGH then flown to St. Anthony.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640 or the anonymous reward hotline, Whiteside County Crime Stoppers, at 815-625-7867.

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