Carbondale man accused of armed robbery, aggravated battery to officer

Carbondale man accused of armed robbery, aggravated battery to officer

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A man in Carbondale, Illinois is accused of armed robbery and aggravated battery to a police officer.

Christopher Harris, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery to a police officer, obstructing justice, reckless driving and fleeing to elude a police officer. His bond was set at $1 million.

Harris is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, June 23 for a first appearance.

According to Carbondale police, at around 4:58 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, they responded to a report of an armed robbery at a business in the 500 block of East Walnut Street.

Officers learned the suspect, Harris, entered the business with a gun and demanded money and property from the business clerk before running.

A Carbondale police officer stopped a vehicle leaving the scene of the incident.

Police say the driver matched the suspect description in the robbery. They say as the officer talked to him, he tried to drive away, dragging the officer about 100 feet.

According to police, there was a short chase before Harris abandoned the vehicle and ran on foot.

After a search of the area, Harris was found in a nearby, vacant home in the 300 block of East College Street at around 7:15 a.m.

Harris was identified as the suspect and was arrested. He was taken to the Jackson County Jail.

Police say the officer was treated at a Carbondale hospital for minor injuries.

City of Carbondale Interim Police Chief Jeff Grubbs released the following statement:

"First, I am very thankful the business clerk was not harmed and that our officer was not seriously injured. Our officers, supervisors and commanders on the scene performed in an outstanding, professional manner. That this incident was resolved so quickly is a testament to the quality of the police work they conducted. We also appreciate the assistance provided by the Illinois State Police, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the SIU Department of Public Safety, along with the helicopter air support provided by Black Diamond Aviation. Each agency played a crucial role in the investigation, which led to the capture of the suspect."

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