On 11-07-18 at about 1:52 p.m. Best Buy Employees witnessed two suspects, later identified as Destinee M. Johns (age 19 of Marion) and Lemont PD Brinson (age 20 of Marion) conceal over $200 of merchandise and exit the store without offering payment. Employees confronted the two, who fled the scene in their vehicle.
At 2:52 p.m., a caller near Dollar General at Giant City Road and East Walnut indicated a subject had just pointed at handgun at them, and reported the same vehicle and suspect description as that of the Best Buy suspects.
Within minutes, officers located this vehicle at East Walnut and Giant City Road and took both subjects into custody. An infant child was present in the vehicle. A handgun was recovered from the vehicle, along with stolen merchandise from Best Buy, as well as narcotics.
Brinson was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Aggravated Assault, U.U.W. by a Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Resisting a Police Officer, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Endangering the Life/Health of a Child, Felony Retail Theft and Disorderly Conduct. He was incarcerated in the Jackson County jail.
Johns was charged with Retail Theft and Endangering the Life/Health of a Child. She posted bond and was released.
There were no injuries as a result of this incident and the infant child was released to family after consulting with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. 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).
Lemont PD Brinson
Destinee M. Johns
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!