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Posted on: October 30, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Armed Robbery Investigation

On 10-29-2018 at about 1:35 p.m. Carbondale Police Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at Omar’s Food Mart located at 1123 East Walnut in Carbondale. The suspects were reported to be wearing masks and to be armed with handguns.   The suspects took money and merchandise from the store before fleeing south bound on foot.   During the course of the investigation, officers located and arrested both suspects after a brief foot chase and within minutes of the robbery.  The suspects were found in possession of weapons and stolen property.  The suspects were identified as Joseph L Paden, 20 year old male from Chicago, and Jered McPike,18 year old male from Lansing, IL.  Officers charged Paden with Armed Robbery and charged McPike with Armed Robbery, Obstructing and Unlawful Use of Weapons.  McPike was also wanted on Jackson County warrants for failure to appear in court for Battery and an out-of-state warrant.  Paden and McPike were incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.  

The investigation into the incident continues.  Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Police Department at (618) 457-3200 or Crime Stopper at (618) 549-COPS (2677).


Joseph L Paden, 20 of Chicago, IL.


Jered McPike 18 of Lansing, IL.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 457-3200. 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!

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