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Most-wanted homicide suspect arrested in Johnstown

| Friday, Aug. 13, 2010

A homicide suspect listed among the U.S. Marshal's Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force's "Most Wanted" was arrested Thursday after heavily armed local, state and federal police officers surrounded a house in Johnstown.

Tarel Lamar Dixon, 20, of the North Side surrendered without incident after an hour-long siege of the home on Cypress Avenue, said Michael Baughman, a task force member and supervisory deputy marshal.

Dixon, who has been profiled as one of the task force's "Most Wanted Fugitives," published the last Sunday of each month in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, is charged with the slaying of Edward Baur, 32, of Reserve.

City homicide detectives say Baur was shot on the night of June 15 as he attempted to purchase drugs in East Liberty, city police Lt. Daniel M. Herrmann said. He died the next morning in a Pittsburgh hospital. Baur's 6-year-old son, who was in the vehicle when the shooting occurred, was not injured.

Task force members in Pittsburgh and Johnstown began tracking Dixon and learned that he was the target of an undercover drug operation in Cambria County, Herrmann said.

The task force, accompanied by the Johnstown Police's Special Emergency Response Team, the Cambria County Sheriff's Department, state police and the FBI's Safe Street Task Force, surrounded the house on Cypress Avenue and evacuated neighboring residences.

The officers used loudspeakers to contact Dixon and negotiated with him for about an hour before he surrendered without incident shortly before 3 p.m., Baughman said.

When they searched the house, authorities did not find any weapons, but did recover 130 stamp bags of heroin and a small quantity of crack cocaine, Baughman said.

Dixon, who shaved his head to change his appearance, was returned to Pittsburgh and was awaiting arraignment in Night Court, Herrmann said.

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