News Media,

     On Saturday May 17th   at about noon, the Charleston DPS received a report of a home invasion and robbery at 603 Lee Avenue.  The investigation revealed a suspect had forcibly entered the residence and threatened the occupants, including a 5 year old child, with a handgun.

     Later that evening, the SEMO Street Crimes Task Force was scheduled to patrol in Charleston. During a briefing of recent criminal activity in the city, participating officers were advised of the robbery, and given the suspect’s information.  Within 20 minutes of beginning patrol, an officer spotted the suspect entering a local business.  Several officers went to the business and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect is identified as:

Anthony Horton, 22 of Charleston

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Horton is charged with Burglary 1st, Robbery 1st and Armed Criminal Action. He is currently being held in the Mississippi County Jail on a $200,000 cash only bond.

Director Robert Hearnes was quoted as saying, “I am very impressed with the whole operation. The task force was created to reduce violent crime in our region.  Officers from different agencies and different backgrounds came together and worked as one unit.  This is the first operation we have had in Charleston, but it will not be the last. I want the citizens to know that if we can work together, we can make a difference.”

Approximately 25 officers from member agencies participated in the event in Charleston. The operation had the following results:

41 traffic stops

26 citations

3 felony arrests

4 misdemeanor arrests

The SEMO Street Crimes Task Force in made up of members of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Charleston Department of Public Safety, MO National Guard, MO State Highway Patrol, Poplar Bluff Police Department, SEMO Drug Task Force and the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.