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Robert Clanton

Centralia Police Foot Chase Leads To Multiple Charges

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 32-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been arrested for armed violence, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and no valid fireowners ID card after leading Centralia Police on a foot chase Monday night.  

Centralia Police say they initially stopped to talk to Robert Clanton of Forrest Street at the corner of Maulding and Franklin.  He took off running.  Police noticed a silver item in Clanton's hand that appeared to be a gun.   The officer pulled his service revolver and ordered Clanton to put the item down.   He reportedly dropped it by a fence near a mobile home in the 900 block of East Kerr and continue to flee on foot.  

Clanton tripped at one point, but was able to run into a residence in the 1000 Franklin Street.  A women in the home let the officer in the house.  Clanton was located in the bathroom where he gave up without further resistance.  He allegedly had a plastic baggie with white powder on it that field tested for cocaine.  

The Centralia canine was later able to located the silver item that turned out to be a handgun with a loaded magazine.  

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