Indiana State Police Bloomington A.C.E.S apprehend wanted murder suspect

MONROE CO. – On Thursday afternoon, Indiana State Police Sergeant Greg Day of the Bloomington District A.C.E.S. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section) was notified that 19-year-old Lance P. Dawson Jr., of South Bend, was possibly hiding out in Bloomington.

Dawson was wanted on an active homicide murder warrant that was issued on April 7th in St. Joseph County.

Officers tracked Dawson to the emergency room at IU Health Bloomington by utilizing various investigative techniques. Through those techniques, officers began planning a safe attempt at the apprehension of Dawson.

While conducting surveillance, a trooper 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, another trooper pulled directly behind the vehicle, while other troopers and South Bend Police officers surrounded it.

A high-risk stop was conducted in the parking lot of the hospital before the BMW could get onto a busy city street where a pursuit would have been extremely dangerous to the public.

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.

Sgt. Day commended the team effort and praised the involved officers for great police work that led to a safe and peaceful conclusion. Sgt. Day thanked the Bloomington Police Department narcotics detective division for their assistance.