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Posted on: January 14, 2022

Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon

On 01-14-22 at approximately 2:45 a.m., City of Carbondale Police officers responded to Amtrak, 401 South Illinois Avenue, in reference to a report of a man threatening people with a knife after he was removed from the train by Amtrak employees.  Officers located the suspect, later identified as Charles Pearson, 80 of Chicago, armed with a knife. Pearson attempted to get back on the train.  Pearson complied with officers when they ordered him to drop the knife and he was placed in custody without further incident.  After conferring with the Jackson County States Attorney’s Office, Pearson was charged with Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  Pearson was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.  No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.  Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the police department at (618) 549-2121. The investigation continues.    

Charles Pearson, 80 of Chicago

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!

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