Man arrested Thursday in 1985 arson, murder case

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Cold Case Homicide Unit have charged Arthur Blake, 57, for his alleged involvement in the 1985 death of Tony Baucom.  

On April 26, 1985, Charlotte officers responded to 1721 E. 7th Street for an apartment fire.

Baucom was found dead inside of an apartment due to the injuries sustained in the fire.  During the 1985 investigation conducted by the Charlotte Police Department, the Charlotte Fire Department, ATF and SBI, no suspect was identified. 

In March 2014, detectives with the CMPD Cold Case Homicide Unit received information from Chief Fire Investigator Paul Wilkinson with the CFD Arson Task Force which led detectives to reopen the investigation. 

After interviewing witnesses in the case and working closely with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, warrants were obtained for murder and first degree arson. 

Blake was arrested Thursday morning in the 3100 block of Creighton Drive. Blake was then taken to police headquarters, where he was interviewed by detectives. 

At the completion of the interviews he was then transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, where he remains in custody.