Shooting victim person of interest in robbery

by Wes Mayer

A Newnan man was robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday, and authorities have identified a person of interest – a man who was one of the victims during the string of Newnan shootings in March and April.

Around 1:45 a.m., Officer Kevin Black with the Newnan Police Department responded to the intersection of Mary Ann Street and Hill Street in reference to an armed robbery. According to Black, when he arrived he met with the victim, who said he was robbed by three men at gunpoint.

The victim told Black he had just gotten off work, so he went to the liquor house at the intersection to get a drink. After leaving the liquor house, he was approached by three black males – one wearing a white tank top and the others wearing black T-shirts. The victim told Black he could only identify one of the men by his street name, “KD.”

According to the victim, the suspects asked him what he had on him, and the victim said he only had some change. The man named KD then pulled out a silver and black handgun, pointed it at the victim’s head and asked again. The victim again said he didn’t have anything on him, but KD put the pistol against his head and began searching through his pockets. About $15 to $18 was stolen, the victim told Black.

After this, KD said, “I should shoot you, but you ain’t got nothing on you,” the victim said, and the three men jumped into a dark-colored car and left the scene. The victim was unable to identify the other men, but KD was described as a black male in his early 20s who wore glasses – the victim also said KD was the one who was run over and shot in the “Green Top” area a few months back.

According to Black, upon further investigation, it was determined a Vantorious Krishad Dixon was a victim of a shooting and also matched the description provided by the victim.

Dixon was seriously injured after he was both shot numerous times and run over by a vehicle during a house party on Howard Hughes Road north of Newnan in late March. Dixon was found lying in the street by emergency responders and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was placed in intensive care and underwent multiple surgeries.

At this time, Dixon is not officially a suspect in Wednesday’s armed robbery, said Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs – but he is a person of interest. The ongoing investigation is being led by Sgt. David Schrepfer.

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