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Police arrest second stabbing suspect

First man free on $100,000 bond

STERLING – Acting on a tip, police Thursday arrested a second suspect wanted in a March 19 stabbing in Rock Falls.

Angel J. Rosas, 28, of Rock Falls, was arrested in the first block of East Seventh Street in Sterling around 3:15 p.m., police said in a news release.

He is charged with aggravated battery in a public place, which carries 2 to 5 years in prison. He was in Whiteside County Jail late Thursday on $200,000 bond.

Another suspect, Mark A. Chavez, 29, of Sterling, was arrested about 10 a.m. Wednesday at his home. His bond was set at $100,000; he posted $10,000 and was released Thursday.

Chavez is charged with aggravated battery in a public place and mob action, both felonies, and criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor. (According to the news release, a tire was punctured in the incident.)

Detective Sgt. Steven Hubbard said Wednesday that police are waiting for test results to determine who stabbed the Rock Falls man, whose name has not been released. Their evidence includes fingerprints from the knife and DNA, Hubbard said.

According to police, two calls were made to 911 around 1:16 a.m. March 19 to report a fight in the 300 block of West 15th Street. Officers who responded found a 28-year-old Sterling man with a cut on his face. He told officers he had been attacked by three men. He was taken to CGH Medical Center, treated and released. He had not been not stabbed.

About 10 minutes later, a 46-year-old Rock Falls man called 911 and said he had been stabbed in the fight. He was flown to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford and has since been released, police said.

Rock Fall Police Chief Mike Kuelper has said his department asked Sterling police to handle the investigation because one of the suspects has a personal relationship with a Rock Falls city employee.

No further information on the incident was available Thursday.

Chavez was sentenced in December 2009 to 3 years in prison for aggravated battery with a weapon that was not a firearm. In October 2009, Rosas was sentenced to 3 years for aggravated battery in a public place; in February the year before he was sentenced to 2 years for aggravated battery of a pregnant person and 2 years, 6 months for possession of a controlled substance, all in Whiteside County Court.

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