City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 28th, 2023
For Immediate Release
Carbondale – On August 25th, 2023 at 11:20 p.m., City of Carbondale police officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 500 block of East Main Street. When the vehicle came to a stop, three of the occupants fled from the vehicle on foot. One of the fleeing suspects was recognized as a 17-year old male known to be wanted on a Jackson County Juvenile Warrant for a weapons offense and an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant. The juvenile was eventually located in the 300 block of East Walnut Street and was arrested. A second suspect, Robert R. Martin, age 20 of Herrin, was located in the 400 block of East Jackson Street and was arrested. A third suspect was last seen in the 300 block of East Walnut Street. That suspect was not located.
During the course of the investigation, officers recovered two firearms. Officers also charged the 17-year old juvenile with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Resisting a Peace Officer in addition to the two warrants. Officers also charged Martin with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Resisting a Peace Officer and a Saline County Warrant for Aggravated Domestic Battery. Martin and the juvenile male were incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. The investigation is 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 located on the main page of this website. Please help yourself, along with your county, its communities and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness, or have any information pertaining to, a crime. Cash rewards for information which 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.