Police: Arrest of armed, dangerous man locks down Beloit school

35-year-old Rockford man was at home of relative
Police: Arrest of armed, dangerous man locks down Beloit school
Joseph Carter

A Beloit school was put on lockdown while police arrested an Illinois man on felony charges Thursday afternoon, according to a release.

Around 12:30 p.m., the Beloit Police Department was contacted by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockford, Illinois, Police Department, and told them a suspect that was considered armed and dangerous and who was wanted on felony warrants was at a home in Beloit, officials said.

Beloit police set up surveillance and observed Joseph E. Carter, 35, of Rockford, inside the home, according to the release.

A tactical unit surrounded 1513 Henry Ave. just after 2:20 p.m., authorities said. Carter was taken into custody a short time later.

During the police response, traffic was briefly restricted and an area school was locked down, according to the release.

The residence was the home of a relative that was not known or believed to be connected to the investigation involving Carter, officials said.

Carter was wanted to multiple felony charges related to armed burglaries and other felonies out of Illinois, officials said. He was taken to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office pending a court appearance and subsequent extradition back to Winnebago County.