Two men have been charged in a Jan. 30 home invasion that took place in the 100 block of Deane Court in Sunset Hills, and one of them is still at large.

Dion Nickleson

Dion Nickleson

Dion Nickleson, of Berkeley, was arrested on Feb. 5 and charged with robbery, burglary and two counts of armed criminal action, according to the Sunset Hills Police Department. He is being held on a $200,000 cash-only bond.

The other suspect, Joseph Carlson of Hanley Hills, has also been charged with burglary, robbery and two counts of armed criminal action, but remains at large.

Joseph Carlson

Joseph Carlson

Sunset Hills police report that the two men knocked on the family’s home at about 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Someone in the home opened the door and the men, both armed with handguns, forced their way into a family’s home.

Police report that a woman and three children, ranging in ages from six months to 10 years of age, were home at the time. The adult female victim was forced to the floor and jewelry was taken from her. Police report that she sustained an injury to her hand.  

The three juveniles fled to a bedroom where the 10 year old called 911. At the same time the emergency call was placed, one of the gunmen entered the bedroom. Both gunmen then immediately fled, according to police.

No shots were fired and none of the three juveniles were injured.

Following “an intensive investigation,” Nickleson was arrested by the Sunset Hills Police Department.

Nickleson has a criminal history that includes prior burglary, assault and drug charges, according to online court records. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to seven years in prison, but only served 120 days of shock time, court records show. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. In that case he was also sentenced to seven years in prison, but only served 120 days of shock time, according to court documents.

Police are still searching for Carlson. Court records show his two prior offenses to be traffic related.Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Sunset Hills Police Department, 314-849-4400, or Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).