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Mt. Vernon Man Arrested For Home Invasion When Entering Salem Home While Running from Police

May 4, 2017

An 18-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been arrested on home invasion and other charges when allegedly entering a Salem home while trying to avoid Salem Police.

Donovan Hamilton of Richview Road is being held in the Marion County Jail for obstruction justice, battery, resisting a peace officer, and on Jefferson and Marion County warrants in addition to the home invasion charge.

Police say they originally approached Hamilton in Bryan Memorial Park late Tuesday afternoon because they knew he was wanted on a warrant. After giving a false name, police informed Hamilton they knew his real name. He allegedly fled on foot south on Broadway and then cut through yards in the 900 block of North Broadway where he was able to get away from police. About an hour and a half later, police spotted Hamilton entering a home in the 400 block of East Boone Street. They then saw him being forced out of the home. Police were able to tackle Hamilton a short distance away and take him into custody.

Police later learned Hamilton had allegedly pushed the homeowner against a table in front of her children before she got him outside the home. She reportedly received minor injuries, but did not require hospital treatment. Police have not released the homeowners name.

The warrant for Hamilton’s arrest in Marion County was for failure to appear on a retail theft charge. The Jefferson County warrant was for a probation violation on a possession of firearm without a FOID card.

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