California murder suspect arrested after standoff in Pflugerville


The Travis County Sheriff’s Office said a California man wanted for stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death was arrested Saturday in Pflugerville.

The arrest came after a morning-long standoff in the 14500 block of Harris Ridge Boulevard. Police took Kevin Darnell Dickson into custody, but not without a “brief struggle,” according to officials. 

The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force surrounded the residence and provided verbal commands to surrender to authorities.

“My wife got up first, and I was still in bed. And she said, ‘I hear the police outside,'” said Brandon Arnold, a neighbor. 

Authorities said Dickson did not comply and barricaded himself inside the residence. The U.S. Marshal’s office requested tactical assistance from the Austin Police SWAT team.

“When I come outside there’s a freaking SWAT team out there,” Arnold said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said Dickson, 55, is suspected of stabbing Patricia Harrison, 50, in a church parking lot in Gardena, Calif., on Wednesday night.

“It’s crazy. You think of stuff like that happening, and you hear about it. But you never think, I know it’s cliché, but you never think about it happening in little Pflugerville,” Arnold said.

A two-door Mercedes-Benz was removed from the garage of the home Dickson was in. The luxury vehicle matches a description California police first released when looking for Dickson.

“It’s a lot to take in,” Arnold said. “Again, you don’t really think about something like this happening across the street.”

The U.S. Marshal’s office said Dickson is in the Travis County Jail as he awaits to be extradited to California. 

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