Carbondale police arrest 2 on assault and battery charges

Carbondale police arrest 2 on assault and battery charges
Dontae J. Smith (Source: City of Carbondale of Police Department)
Dontae J. Smith (Source: City of Carbondale of Police Department)

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The City of Carbondale Police Department is reporting it is investigating an armed robbery and battery incident that occurred on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Officers were on foot patrol in the 700 block of East Grand Avenue when they were approached by a victim who reported a black male had just pointed a handgun at him.

Officers immediately searched near the footbridge to the bicycle path to the east of the businesses in the 700 block of East Grand Avenue.

As officers approached a different suspect, who was as identified Dontae J. Smith, 21, of Carbondale, he fled the area on foot but was captured after a short foot pursuit.

Officers conducted a search of Smith and it was determined he was in possession of a handgun.

During the course of the investigation, officers learned three victims were walking towards the foot bridge when they were approached by Smith, who displayed a handgun and demanded personal property from the victims. A second suspect, later identified as Matthew A. Hamilton, 24, of Carbondale, had battered one of the victims and stole personal property from the others.

Hamilton and Smith were arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated battery.

Smith was also charged with resisting a peace officer.

Police say the investigation into this incident is continuing and are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) -57-3200. 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 the City of Carbondale Police Department website.

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