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UPDATE: Warrants Issued in Arson Cases

Date: October 31, 2019
Incident Type: Arson
Location: Downtown/Uptown

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police detectives applied for two warrants for the arrest of Nicole Jo Dawson, 36, on arson charges.

Dawson is accused of attempting to set fire to Pizza Milano on Fifth Avenue and Cafe Milano on 6th Street on Oct. 29. In both cases, the restaurants were occupied and video footage shows Dawson’s arson attempts.

Dawson is charged with two counts of Arson Endangering Persons, one count of Arson Endangering Property and one count Aggravated Arson at Cafe Milano. In the Pizza Milano incident, she is charged with one count of Arson Possession of Explosive or Incendiary Materials or Device and one count of Criminal Attempt Arson.

No arrests at this time. The investigation continues.

UPDATE (6:35 p.m.): Dawson turned herself in and was booked at the Allegheny County Jail.

(Nicole Jo Dawson)

Reporting PIO:
Chris Togneri