Marshals Arrest Alleged Pottstown Shooting Fugitive
NORRISTOWN PA – A 21-year-old Pottstown man, who had been sought for months on first-degree murder and related charges stemming from a May 2022 incident in the borough, was captured Wednesday (Aug. 10) by U.S. Marshals in a rural California hotel.
Tyshaun Harvey, accused in the May 29 (Sunday) murder of 22-year-old Nahmer Baird on the 400 block of West Street and also wanted for multiple felonies related to a different shooting in Pottstown during 2021, was arrested without incident. He will be extradited to face charges in Montgomery County, District Attorney Kevin Steele said Wednesday.
“U.S. Marshals did an excellent job in finding this dangerous criminal and working to safely get him off the streets after he fled to California,” Steele said. During June, Steele’s office had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to Harvey’s arrest. It was unknown Wednesday whether anyone had laid claim to the bounty.
Pottstown police allege Baird’s murder occurred around 8 p.m. They responded to a reported shooting, and arrived on West Street to find Baird in the driver’s seat of a white Nissan Sentra, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at Pottstown Hospital.
A joint homicide investigation, launched by county detectives and the police department, determined that a black Chrysler 300 owned and driven by Harvey was searching for and later followed the victim’s white Nissan Sentra through the streets of Pottstown for 40 minutes. Then there was an exchange of gunfire between the vehicles’ occupants at Locust Alley and West Street, according to investigators.
The investigation found the victim had attempted to avoid Harvey’s vehicle throughout that time, but Harvey reportedly relocated and followed Baird’s Sentra again. After the shooting, the victim was able to drive eastbound on West Street for about two blocks before crashing head on into a Dodge pickup truck and coming to a stop.
Detectives recovered Harvey’s Chrysler 300 in the borough the day after the shooting. The vehicle had a bullet hole in the front windshield and three other bullet strikes to the front and passenger side of the vehicle.
They also learned that, at the time of the alleged murder, Harvey was out on bail from an earlier case. He had been charged with several felonies, including aggravated assault, stemming from a March 2021 shooting that also occurred in Pottstown, Steele reported.
Harvey will be extradited to the county to face charges of first-degree murder, person not to possess a firearm, recklessly endangering another person, and related charges. Steele said the case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Samantha Cauffman and Caitlin Wilenchik.
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