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Murder Suspect Caught in City With Same Name

May 4, 1996

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ A fugitive’s 700-mile flight started and ended in cities with the same name.

Michael J. Dimmick, suspected of stabbing his boss to death in a Rochester, Minn., bar-and-grill last month, managed to get himself noticed Friday in suburban Rochester, N.Y.

Dimmick, 44, made the mistake of taking a walk in a residential neighborhood about 2 a.m., arousing the suspicion of officers in a passing patrol car. They stopped to talk to him, checked their computer records and hauled him in.

``He said he came here because he liked the name Rochester,″ said Sgt. John Mallaber, who made the arrest.

Dimmick had been in town for at least a couple of days, Mallaber said.

He is wanted for first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in the slaying of Mary Ann Tigner, 46, at her Shenanigans restaurant-and-bar in Rochester, Minn., on April 21.

Dimmick had worked there for three weeks as a cook, and his employer was stabbed repeatedly soon after he arrived for work that evening, police said.

Her body was found about two hours later by her adult son, who had failed to reach her by telephone, police said. She was lying next to an open safe in a basement office area. Police believe about $9,000 was taken.

A nationwide alert was issued when bloodstained clothes and an empty knife sheath were found in Dimmick’s apartment.

Authorities said Dimmick hired a limousine to take him to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and withdrew about $6,000 from a bank account in St. Paul before leaving the area.

Dimmick was arraigned on a felony fugitive warrant. He can either choose to fight extradition or waive his rights and return with two Rochester, Minn., police officers who took a flight here Friday.

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