Suspect arrested after possible attempted abduction at Macy’s in Carbondale

By Staff Report, News Desk

Carbondale police officers responded to a call regarding a possible attempt to abduct a child at University Mall on Sept. 8, according to a police press release.

The incident occurred at the Macy’s department store in the mall at approximately 3:53 p.m.

The suspect, Argenis Hernandez, 23, of Chicago, followed the victim and an infant child inside the store and attempted to record or photograph them with a cellphone.


The suspect was apprehended and arrested on charges of stalking and disorderly conduct.

During the course of the investigation, officers located the suspect, and arrested him. Hernandez was transported to the Jackson County Jail where he was incarcerated.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200. The investigation into this incident is continuing. 

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).

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