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On 07-03-22 at approximately 11:46 p.m., City of Carbondale police officers responded to the 500 block of East Main Street in reference to a report of a male in a vehicle who was armed with a handgun and threatening people. Officers located the vehicle and the driver, later identified as Loren J. Randol, 34 of Carbondale, fled driving the wrong way on East Main Street and through the parking lot of a business. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 200 block of North Wall Street and arrested Randol without incident. Officers found a firearm inside the vehicle and learned Randol was wanted on a Failure to Appear Warrant for Retail Theft out of Jackson County. Randol was arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer, Driving While License Suspended and the Jackson County Warrant for Failure to appear for Retail Theft. Randol was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. The investigation remains active and ongoing.
Loren J. Randol, 34 of Carbondale
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!