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Wanted Oakmont man jailed in Nevada

| Saturday, March 22, 2014, 12:31 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Oakmont Police Department
Eric David Luzier, 37, of Oakmont

State police are trying to extradite Eric David Luzier, 37, of Oakmont from Las Vegas for allegedly distributing child pornography from Oakmont.

Oakmont police thought he was a danger to himself in November, so they released his named and photograph to the media in a bid to find him.

Then on Dec. 23, state police confirmed that Luzier was a wanted man on charges related to distributing child pornography.

It is not clear where Luzier went once he left Oakmont in November.

According to his arrest papers, a Las Vegas officer spotted him sitting in a red Nissan pickup in February. It is the same truck that police were looking for when he disappeared.

The officer didn't take Luzier into custody because the arrest warrant didn't provide for extradition, according to police.

Luzier again came to the police's attention when immigration officers in Oregon said his truck was in line to enter Canada, but he turned around. Police pulled him over and identified as a wanted man in Pennsylvania. Since extradition allegedly wasn't specified, he was released.

Pennsylvania state police had the warrant modified to seek extradition.

About 1 a.m. March 11, a Las Vegas patrol officer saw Luzier's pickup on the shoulder of a road. Police said Luzier's face was illuminated by the screen of a laptop computer when the officer stopped to investigate. The officer recalled the traffic stop a month earlier. Luzier has been in the Clark County, Nev., jail in Las Vegas since then.

His truck, two laptop computers and an assortment of computer-related materials were confiscated. Police intended to get a search warrant in order to examine their contents.

State police are asking the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office to authorize the Allegheny County Sheriff's Department to pick up Luzier and return him to Western Pennsylvania.

District attorney spokesman Mike Manko said an extradition order hadn't been requested.

Luzier will be charged with two counts of disseminating child pornography, two counts of having child porn, and criminal use of computers.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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