Cops arrest man linked to killing of bar owner

Posted: May 21, 2010

Police have arrested one of two suspects in the shooting death of a popular Olney bar owner earlier this month.

Brent Dixon, 30, was arrested May 13 at his home on Gorgas Lane near Anderson Street in East Mount Airy, Homicide Sgt. Frank Hayes said yesterday.

Dixon is accused of being the accomplice, and not the shooter, who held up bar owner John Adams, 47, on 5th Street near Ruscomb, a couple of doors down from Adams' bar, Johnny's Top Cat Club, about 10:50 p.m. May 2.

Hayes said police know but won't release the name of the shooter, a 21-year-old fugitive.

The two suspects were caught on a store surveillance video. Shortly before the shooting, Adams had walked a female patron, who used to work at his bar, to her car. As Adams was returning to his bar, the shooter held Adams up at gunpoint, then shot Adams twice and stole something from his pocket before fleeing.

Adams was rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center in critical condition. He died there about 9:30 a.m. May 10.

Police previously had said the two assailants were Hispanic. Hayes said both are light-skinned black men. He said the viewing of the surveillance video by the public and interviews with witnesses helped lead police to their identifications.

Dixon, who is in county prison, has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 2 on charges of murder, robbery, conspiracy, firearms and related charges.

Court records show that he was arrested in September on charges of driving under the influence and marijuana possession.

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