Charges were filed Thursday in the home-invasion slaying of a “flashy, happy-go-lucky” Bayview car salesman who a family member says was being robbed for “the things he had,” such as jewelry and nice wheels.
Dennis Wayne Dixon, 57, was shot dead soon after two thugs rang his doorbell in the 2000 block of Palou Avenue around 11 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
After words were exchanged, gunfire erupted. After Dixon was gunned down, the thugs went after the salesman’s 25-year-old stepson, Dejon, who was pistol-whipped in the attack, police said. Dejon survived.
After a neighbor called 911, cops stormed the scene and arrested two suspects. Two handguns were also seized. One suspect was allegedly found with some of Dixon’s property after his arrest.
Eric Jordan, 38, a convicted felon, and Gary Jones, 18, who cops say pistol-whipped Dejon, were charged Thursday with murder, robbery and burglary, prosecutors said.
Jones is a Richmond resident. Jordan’s city of residence was not yet known. The two were scheduled to be arraigned Friday, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors have not said who may have been the shooter. However, both suspects can be charged with murder for a killing that occurred during a robbery under California’s felony-murder rule.
Meanwhile, Dixon’s family members are coping with the loss of a genuine family man who was simply “a good guy.” He did anything to help anyone, according to his niece, 32-year-old Latrice Dixon.
“He was a father to my son,” a weeping Latrice Dixon said the morning after the slaying. “He took him to football practice, picked him up from school.”
She said times are desperate and home invasions are becoming more commonplace in the Bayview district.
Bay City News contributed to this report.
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