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Posted on: July 27, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Arson Investigation and Arrest

CPD Media Release Patch 


City of Carbondale, Illinois 

July 27, 2023 

For Immediate Release – 

Carbondale – Carbondale Police detectives and arson investigators with the Carbondale Fire Department initiated an investigation of a suspicious fire that burned a vacant church building at 218 W. Walnut on February 6th, 2023. During the course of the investigation, they developed Ramil D. Mize, 35 years old of Carbondale as a suspect in setting the fire, which was determined to be arson. Detectives eventually obtained an arrest warrant for Mize for charges of arson. On July 27th, 2023 at approximately 7:35 p.m., City of Carbondale police officers and detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the 500 block of West Kennicott Street. Detective located Mize in the residence and arrested on the warrant. Mize was incarcerated in the Jackson County jail. The investigation into the incident is active and ongoing. 

Anyone with information about the 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 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.

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