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Posted on: July 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Home Invasion Investigation

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City of Carbondale, Illinois

July 12th, 2023

For Immediate Release – 

Carbondale –On 07-12-23 at 3:16 a.m., City of Carbondale police officers responded to the 1000 block of West Gher Street regarding a Home Invasion. Officers learned Dakota W. Mitchell, 31 of Carbondale and other unidentified suspects forced entry to the victim’s residence. The victim was battered by Mitchell and received minor injuries. Mitchell and the other suspects fled the residence on foot. The victim fired shots at the suspects with a personal legally owned firearm during the incident. Mitchell was later located in the area and was arrested for Home Invasion, Criminal Damage to Property, Criminal Trespass to Residence, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer. A second suspect was described as a male with a medium complexion wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. No further suspect descriptions are available at this time. There is no indication at this time that any of the suspects were injured during this incident as a result of the victim firing shots. The investigation revealed the incident is the result of a personal dispute between Mitchell and the victim. Mitchell was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. The investigation into the incident is active and ongoing. 

Anyone with information about these incidents 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 and 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. 

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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