City of Carbondale, Illinois
March 30, 2023
Carbondale – On 03-30-23 at 1:03 a.m. City of Carbondale police officers responded to the sounds of a female screaming in the area of South Washington Street and East Walnut Street. Officers found the female and learned the victim had been approached by a suspect trying to get her to hug him. The victim walked away from the suspect who continued to watch her while yelling insults. The suspect then quickly approached the victim again. The victim pulled out her pepper spray to defend herself and her cellphone in an attempt to call the police. The suspect continued to approach as the victim was calling 911, so she sprayed him with the pepper spray. The suspect attempted to take the victim’s cell phone and a struggle ensued. Officers located and identified the suspect as Ryan M. Steinman , 38 of Hurst, IL. Officers arrested Steinman for Aggravated Battery and Disorderly Conduct. During the course of the investigation, officers identified Steinman as the suspect in a prior case that occurred near the intersection of South Illinois Avenue and West Grand Avenue on 03-09-23. Officers charged Steinman with Aggravated battery and Disorderly Conduct for that incident as well. Steinman was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. The victim was also exposed to the pepper spray, but was otherwise uninjured. The investigations into both incidents are continuing.
Ryan M. Steinman , 38 of Hurst
Prior Release - On 03-09-23 at 3:29 p.m., a woman reported to the Carbondale Police Department that a man had approached her as she walked on the sidewalk near the intersection of South Illinois Avenue and Grand Avenue. The man, who she described as a white male in a dark jacket, grabbed the woman by the waist. The woman pushed the man away, and he left the area on foot as other individuals were seen approaching on the sidewalk. A surveillance photo of the man believed to be the suspect is below. If you know the identity of the man in the photo, or if you or someone you know has had a similar experience, you are encouraged to contact the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200 or 911 in an emergency.
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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