Pleasant Hill police make second arrest in 2004 cold case

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PLEASANT HILL (KRON) — Police in Pleasant Hill announced Wednesday the arrest of a man in connection to a deadly home invasion robbery at an apartment in 2004.

The suspect, identified as Tyson Moorehead, successfully avoided arrest for 15 years until police took him into custody Tuesday in Stockton.

Moorehead and and an accomplice, Kenneth York, were identified as suspects in the case in 2008.

Police say the victim Michael Merlin Fidler, a student at Diablo Valley College, was shot and killed in May of 2004 at his Pleasant Hill apartment during a drug-related home invasion.

The first break in the case didn’t come until August 2008 with York’s arrest.

York was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the man’s death, but is now awaiting a new trial after an appeal.

“York’s appeal afforded our detectives and our partners with the DA’s office and the safe streets task force an opportunity to look at this case anew, and see if we can’t locate Moorehead,” said Pleasant Hill Police Chief Bryan Hill.

Police were able to track Moorehead down thanks to the FBI’s safe streets task force.

He was hiding with extended family in Stockton.

“He was simply very good at hiding,” Sgt. Ronald Priebe with Pleasant Hill police.

He is now in the county jail on a homicide and robbery charge for his suspected role in the 2004 home invasion.

Moorehead is due in court next Thursday.

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