South Bend murder suspect arrested in Monroe County

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MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A South Bend man wanted there for murder was arrested in Bloomington Thursday, Indiana State Police report.

ISP Sergeant Greg Day was notified Thursday afternoon that Lance P. Dawson Jr., 19, was possibly hiding out in Bloomington. Dawson, who was wanted on an active homicide-murder warrant that was issued on April 7, had been tracked to the emergency room at IU Health Bloomington through various investigative techniques.

Day, along with members of the Indiana State Police’s Bloomington District Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section, planned what troopers described as a “safe apprehension” of Dawson. Team member Caleb Garvin observed Dawson and two other males exit the hospital and get into a 2004 BMW sport utility vehicle.

As the BMW exited the emergency room parking garage, Day pulled directly behind the vehicle, while other troopers and officers surrounded it. Officials said a high-risk stop was conducted in the parking lot of the hospital before the SUV could get onto a busy city street where a pursuit would have been considered dangerous. Dawson, who was in the backseat and armed with a handgun, complied with officer commands and was taken into custody without incident.

Officers from South Bend took custody of Dawson and transported him to St. Joseph County.

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