A Massachusetts man accused of threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend and their unborn child faced a judge Friday after being taken into custody Thursday night by Boston and state police.
Charles Dixon, 32, was arrested on Dudley Street in Boston after a short foot chase. After a brief appearance in a Roxbury courtroom on a charge of driving with a suspended license Friday morning, Dixon faced another judge in Salem District Court on multiple charges, including two counts of threat to commit a crime and one count each of assault on a family member.
He was ordered to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Oct. 24.
Dixon allegedly fled on Tuesday when he learned he faced a dangerousness hearing in Salem District Court on the domestic assault charge. Beverly police said a woman came into their station Sunday to report that Dixon, the father of her child and her ex-boyfriend, had threatened her and her unborn child.
On Wednesday night, there was a report that Dixon might have been in a wooded area near Hillcrest Drive in Beverly, which prompted a joint search by Beverly and state police patrols and tactical units and a lockdown of Beverly Hospital. However, he wasn't found in the vicinity.
Court documents show that his ex-girlfriend in Beverly believed Dixon to be a suspect in a 2012 Boston shooting that left three dead, including another ex-girlfriend who was the mother of one of his children. Beverly police alluded to Dixon being a suspect in a a previous case in a statement Wednesday night.
Beverly police said the woman who alerted them on Sunday to the alleged threats also described Dixon as a fentanyl and heroin dealer.
Outside the Roxbury courtroom Friday morning, Dixon's cousin told NBC Boston she didn't believe the accusations.
"Yes he may say hot-headed things - everybody says hot-headed things, everybody says things when they're mad - but to say that he's a killer, or he's trying to kill an unborn kid or he would kill you or he was a suspect in another murder, that's not the Charles Dixon, and that's not the Charles Dixon that she has a baby by," Natasha Bibbs said.
It wasn't immediately clear if Dixon had an attorney.