Man Wanted in November 2019 Homicide in Carbondale Arrested in California

Man Wanted in November 2019 Homicide in Carbondale Arrested in California

CARBONDALE, IL — A final suspect wanted in a November 2019 homicide in Carbondale is in custody.

According to Carbondale Police, officers investigated a homicide in the 500 block of South Illinois Avenue on Nov. 3, 2019. The victim, Keon Lavonte Cooper, was found shot to death.

Carbondale Police detectives identified Thomas Evans Jr., Tyren Johnson and Olando Sheron as suspects in the homicide. Officers previously arrested Evans Jr. for Concealing or Aiding a Fugitive and Johnson for Murder in this case. Carbondale Police obtained an arrest warrant for Sheron for First Degree Murder as well. Sheron fled the area and was not immediately located.

Carbondale Police and the U.S. Marshals Service, Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force located in Southern Illinois, the Eastern District of Missouri in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and the Missouri Highway Patrol began working a joint investigation to locate Sheron and arrest him on the warrant. During the investigation, information was developed that Sheron was evading arrest and living in Southern California.

The U.S. Marshals Service, Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles, CA, comprised of officers from the California Department of Corrections, the Gardena Police Department, the Torrence Police Department and the Long Beach Police Department assisted in the investigation to locate Sheron.

On Tuesday, members of the U.S. Marshals Service, Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Sheron in Gardena, CA. Sheron was taken into custody and is being held in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Illinois. This case is being prosecuted

Carbondale Police appreciates all of the assistance by other law enforcement agencies and the countless hours dedicated by Carbondale Police Department investigators to bring the suspects to justice.

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