U.S. Marshals track down wanted Ohio fugitive from 1978 in Michigan

CLEVELAND - It took almost 40 years, but finally Lamar Dixon is in custody.

On Thursday, U.S. Marshals and Cuyahoga County Sheriff Cliff Pinkney announced the capture of Dixon, 61, who was wanted for attempted murder.

Dixon was caught in Detroit by the U.S. Marshals Fugitve Apprehension Team.

The cold case goes back to September 5, 1978, when Cleveland Police investigated an emergency call of “shots fired” near the 1400 block of Lakeview Ave.

Officers learned the victim was involved in an argument after Dixon allegedly struck a female in the face at the residence. Tensions escalated and Dixon allegedly retrieved a firearm and shot at the victim who took cover behind his car. 

Cleveland Police discovered multiple holes in the vehicle from the gunshots, and Dixon was positively identified as the shooter.

Dixon then fled the scene to begin his life on the run.   

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force Cold Case Unit adopted this case due to the length of time Dixon has been on the run. Through the course of the investigation, task force members followed leads throughout Ohio and Michigan. Investigators eventually located Dixon living at a home in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “After 38 years on the run, the family of Dixon’s victim can finally rest assured knowing that he is behind bars. The members of this unit will continue to pursue fugitives who think they got away with their crimes, just like Dixon.”


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