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Posted on: June 16, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon Investigation

 City of Carbondale, Illinois
 June 16th, 2023

Carbondale – On 06-15-23 at 7:30 p.m. City of Carbondale police officers went to a residence in the 700 block of South Lewis Lane where they located Preston I. Walden, 31 of Columbia, MO. Walden was known to have a valid warrant for firearms violations out of Cape Girardeau, MO. When officers arrived Walden attempted to flee from the residence but was immediately apprehended without further incident. Officers were subsequently granted a search warrant for the residence with assistance from the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office. During the service of the search warrant, firearms, and ammunition were recovered inside the residence. Walden was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Resisting a Peace Officer, and the original warrant out of Cape Girardeau County, MO. Walden was incarcerated in the Jackson County jail. The investigation remains active and ongoing. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 549-2121. You may also call the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at (618) 687-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the “Crime Stoppers” tab on this website’s main page. Please help yourself, along with your county, its communities, and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness or have any information about a crime. Cash rewards for information that leads to an arrest are also made anonymously. Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

The mission of the Carbondale Police Department is to work in partnership with our community to preserve life, protect human rights, protect property and improve quality of life by providing police service to all in a fair, sensitive, and professional manner.

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