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Victim in Rock Falls fatal shooting a convicted sexual predator

ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls man killed in a double shooting Wednesday morning was 56-year-old Arthur D. Nicewanner, a registered sexual predator, Chief of Police Dave Pilgrim said.

It is too early in the investigation to know if that has anything to do with his death, Pilgrim said.

The 37-year-old woman Nicewanner lived with at 214 E. Sixth St., who was shot and seriously injured, has since been released from the hospital. The police did not release her name or location for safety reasons, Pilgrim said.

Arthur D. Nicewanner

Arthur D. Nicewanner (Illinois Department of Corrections/)

The two were attacked around 5 a.m. by a person or persons unknown.

About 11:20 that night, police responding to multiple 9-1-1 calls also found a man with life-threatening injuries in an apartment building at 210 Third Ave. Police found multiple shell casings outside.

The man’s condition has since improved, Pilgrim said.

A witness, who did not see the shooting but was there before and after, reported a Black man with dreadlocks and a red shirt fled the scene heading west, he said.

Whether the two shootings are related has yet to be determined. That means police do not know how many suspects might be involved.

The man shot at 210 Third Ave. does have a criminal history, including past drug-related convictions; whether that is pertinent is being investigated, Pilgrim said.

Pilgrim has 20 detectives from his and surrounding departments interviewing witnesses, and tracking down leads and tips, he said, adding that nothing they have learned would lead him to believe that the general public is in any danger.

On Sept. 24, 2003, Nicewanner was convicted in Whiteside County Court of predatory sexual assault of a 12-year-old and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was 38, court records show.

He also had several other felony convictions dating back to the mid ‘90s, all involving forgery and theft.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Rock Falls Police at 815-622-1140 or Whiteside County Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867. A reward of up to $5,000 is available if that information leads to an arrest and conviction.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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