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Updated 8/29/22: Carmi Woman Attacked in Own Home Friday Night; Suspect in Custody

A harrowing escape from what could have turned into a deadly encounter has one Carmi woman advising others to be vigilant even in a relatively safe, small town.  After returning home from work as a nurse at a hospital in Evansville, Jennifer Peerman was allegedly confronted and attacked at her Third Street home.  Carmi Police confirm they have the suspect in custody.  Peerman says she got off work at 7 and came into a dark home and went about her routine including bathing, dinner and watching a few shows before planning to go to bed.  When her cat jumped up suddenly and opened the bedroom door to exit, Peerman said she noticed the door returned shut; something she says isn’t common.  Additionally, she says she heard footsteps.  She called out for her eldest daughter to no reply.  She immediately called her friend Amanda Williams and asked her to stay on the phone with her while she checked the house.  As she walked out the bedroom door, Peerman says she saw the silhouette of a man coming for her with a knife.  Armed with only a fork, a struggle ensued and the perpetrator was able to get the phone away from Peerman as she screamed for her friend to call 911.  At that point, Peerman says she shoved the aggressor and ran from her home looking for help.  Luckily, her neighbor Ginger Mallette answered the door and kept her safe while authorities responded.

Within 3 hours, Carmi Police had their man in custody thanks to being able to ping her phone, which the culprit took with him.  At 12:30am and 1:26am, 911 calls came in from Peerman’s phone which were allegedly made by one of the suspects’ roomates in an effort to turn him in.  The suspect lived next door, is Hispanic, and is believed to have been involved in the incident at Wal Mart recently in which a young woman was potentially targeted or harassed.  Inside Peerman’s home, police found the steak knife, the fork, and a beer on the floor next to the couch in the living room.  While not confirmed, it appears the suspect gained entry into the home through a window.

Peerman says the neighborhood had been a safe one over the last 2 years she lived there, but that she felt something wasn’t right about the neighbors since they moved in a few months ago.  Peerman says she felt they had been watching her.  She’s just glad her children weren’t home.  Peerman signed a new lease for a new home Saturday and is urging others to not assume they’re alone in their house upon arrival saying it’s a good idea to not get complacent and check.

Carmi Police Chief Jason Carter says we can expect a full press release on Monday.  Peerman says when you get home, check your home and turn on your lights.

Updated press release:

  1. Dr Lance Trousdale
    Dr Lance Trousdale
    August 27, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    This is one of the reasons I moved out of white county. It is turning into a fest for crime. Remember incidents like this come next election. It is time for a rehaul

  2. Linda Glascock
    Linda Glascock
    August 27, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    She had the Good Lord watching out for her. It goes to show you we have no Leader ship in this country. I just Thank God she is ok.. Linda Glascock

  3. Jane doe
    Jane doe
    August 28, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Is sad to see this and hear that this has happened in this small town we all call home. I’m scared for my children and the people that have become family. I’m scared for the Hispanics because I’ve already seem so many hateful posts on Facebook and it’s sad to see since me and my family are Hispanic and now we’re even more worried about being here. I pray that everyone can understand that we’re not all the same and the hate stops. Jennifer I pray your okay I know how traumatic this can be and your in our prayers.

  4. 00 Buck Shot
    00 Buck Shot
    August 28, 2022 at 11:31 am

    The suspect was Hispanic as posted. What if the suspect were “White” or
    “Black” would you have posted a
    “White”suspect or a “Black” suspect?
    Don’t think so! Bad choice!

    • Emm
      August 29, 2022 at 10:39 am

      Yes “00 Buck Shot”, I always say “just a guy” or “just a gal” when someone commits a crime in my presence. A vague description does wonders in apprehending a suspect.

      I don’t think the article is meant to go after any race, creed or color. The article is to warn us all to be more vigilant.

      I’m sorry that “Jane Doe” is experiencing such fear. I have not known this area to be racist. In fact, any police reports I have been involved with involve Caucasian. Race, weight, height, car make/description (if involved) are all useful tools for law enforcement.

      My only wish is that the crime in this area was reported accurately, when I researched the area before moving here. I always thought that Carmi area was good country folk when visiting. Only after purchasing a home here (which I cannot sell now because of the crime running rampant) did I learn the truth. I realize law enforcement is overwhelmed, with a desperate need for more staff. What can we do?

      This was to be my final home as I am aging and in bad health. I don’t need the 24/7 stress that permeates every facet of this county.

      Finally I am grateful that the victim is okay. Good on you for thinking ahead by calling your friend and good on the neighbors for helping you.

    • Raven Brown
      Raven Brown
      August 29, 2022 at 11:26 am

      Right? I have reda multiple reports where the suspectvwaa white not one mention of the fact that he was white but as soon as its person of color we got mention it.

      • Raven Brown
        Raven Brown
        August 29, 2022 at 11:27 am


  5. Randall
    August 28, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    I had a guy break into my house in Eldorado at 4am while I was sleeping almost 1-1/2 years ago. . He crawled up an old tv antenna to the roof, opened an attic access door, crawled across the attic and busted out a wall separating a new addition from the old. He shimmied down to the floor. Thankfully, the busting of the wall woke me. He had a gun pointed at me when I confronted him. Not sure why but he decided to just leave. The Eldorado police found him 3 days later based on my description and, after pleading guilty, was given a 2 year sentence. He’s recently out early for good behavior. I now have lots of security set up as well as in my drawer. Be safe, ppl. It’s getting worse.

  6. Tabitha Lemmons
    Tabitha Lemmons
    August 29, 2022 at 8:55 am

    These guys work with us and they really are great people. We have come to know them. They are funny, helpful and nice. We have seen pictures of their families and they have met our kids. I hate this has happened in our town. I hate that someone can’t feel safe in their own home and I’m so glad she is okay and hopefully she will feel safe again and not have to live in fear. Please don’t let one bad seed make you hate the rest without getting to know them first.

  7. Anonymous
    August 29, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Being Hispanic is a description just as white or black. This isn’t racial it’s just simply the
    Race the man was. There are several
    Hispanic men living in that home brought
    Here to work. Stop the race card and focus
    On the events that took place. Not every
    Hispanic is an assailant and no one that
    I’ve seen has said that.

  8. Melinda Newman
    Melinda Newman
    August 29, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Absolutely 100% they would have posted the mug shot of a “black, white, purple, yellow persons.” Have you not seen the many white mug shots they have posted just in the last 2 weeks?! Shame on you for making this about race instead of the horrible crime that was done. I live 1 block from this and would want to know whom or what I need to look out for to keep myself and my children safe. Not to mention the suspects home is just 2 blocks from a grade school! SHAME ON YOU!

  9. Raven Brown
    Raven Brown
    August 29, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Right? I have read multiple reports where the suspect was white and no mention of race but as soon as the suspect is a person of color they have to make sure mention it.

  10. Melanie
    August 29, 2022 at 11:38 am

    This is just so sad!! My grandparents lived in this house when I was growing up. My parents house is on the next corner!! This was once a very safe neighborhood. It is still a very nice neighborhood for the most part!! Except for a few obviously!! Just makes me so sad for the good good people that live in this neighborhood!!

  11. Samantha
    August 29, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Ship hum back across the border where he belongs.

  12. Anonymous
    August 29, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Samantha, if he is here legally, they cannot “ship him across the border where he belongs”, as you requested. If he is illegal, that’s another story.

    As for his race being mentioned, rarely if ever do articles mention if a person is White or Caucasion. Also, I’ve read articles where a POC’s race was NEVER mentioned. Guessing it’s about who the readers are??

    That said, hopefully justice gets served!

    Note: many Hispanic/Latino have been in America longer than most White people. The Hispanic/Latino people are diverse in culture and appearance. Not every Hispanic is Mexican. There are plenty in America who are not fluent in Spanish. A mexican from California, Texas, New Mexico and across the border are all going to be different from each other with some similarities. A Mexican is not the same as a Spaniard, Puerto Rican, or a Cuban or a person from South America.

    Do not be afraid of POC’s or illegals as a whole. Be afraid of BAD people- who can be of ANY race, nationality, ethnicity, legal status.

  13. Odin's missing eye
    Odin's missing eye
    August 29, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    There is a growing awareness of what is going on in our country and has been for quite some time. In hispanic or latino countries of central america their population is increasingly becoming “diaspora” where they are fleeing due to their crime problem that is related to organizations that are called “Cartels”. These cartels operate in such a way in those countries that they basically own and control the government through crime and fear. I will forego the details as it is probably not appropriate for news media. However I encourage everyone to do their own research on this subject matter. Youtube has various documentaries you can watch that expose this. Regardless of whether or not this man is involved in anything related to what I am talking about the fact that hispanic culture is going through the aforementioned is still pertinent to how most hispanics living in USA, or diaspora, face in our country.

  14. Stacey
    August 30, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Please make sure you spotlight the racist, white people in Carmi when the next meth head does something stupid.

  15. *
    August 31, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    I don’t know if the name is just a fluke. But I used to live in Evansville at 108 not putting the street . If you don’t know me sorry for posting and everything you’ve been through. God bless. And prayers.

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