Resident threatens homicide in leasing office
SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. – A man attacked two leasing office agents, used his apartment key to try to stab one of them in the neck and then destroyed the front office, the South Daytona Police Department said.
Terrence Dixon, 22, walked into the leasing office at Marcel Gardens Apartments shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, sat down in a chair and asked the woman at the front desk to call 911. When the woman asked why, Dixon said he “felt like killing someone,” according to the charging affidavit.
Police said Dixon became increasingly agitated while the woman was on the phone with 911 and asked if he needed to kill someone in order to get first responders to the scene. The woman, attempting to calm Dixon, followed him as he went to the pool area.
Another leasing agent who had been in her office heard the commotion and walked over to see what was happening. Dixon grabbed the woman by her hair, pushed her toward the ground, grabbed his apartment key from his pocket and jammed it repeatedly into the back of her neck in an attempt to stab her, according to the affidavit.
The key wasn’t sharp enough to break the skin, but the victim was afraid Dixon would break her neck because he was pulling her around so violently, police said.
The other woman started to hit Dixon on the back so he would stop the attack on her co-worker. Dixon released the victim and made his way toward the other woman, who begged him to not hurt her, police said.
Dixon started to destroy the office, shattering flower pots, knocking down pictures, ripping the phone from the wall and throwing decorative pieces to the ground, police said. Dixon caused approximately $1,000 worth of damage, according to the report.
Police arrived as Dixon was leaving the leasing office. Dixon threatened to break the first responders’ legs and necks but did not make any moves to physically harm them, the report said. When Dixon calmed down, he told officers that he has bipolar disorder and depression. He said he was recently hospitalized and the medication he takes has not been effective.
The victim’s injuries were treated at the scene. Both women were visibly distressed and in tears.
Dixon is charged with criminal mischief and attempted murder. He’s being held on $55,000 bond.
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