Bail Denied to Man Charged with Shooting and Kidnapping Three ‘Squeegee Boys’

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On Nov. 9, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jeannie Hong denied bail to a man charged with kidnapping three members of the group notoriously known as the “squeegee boys” and shooting two on May 19.

According to the prosecutor, on May 19, defendant Zhamiel Dixon allegedly “picked up a random three squeegee kids” after his mother was robbed the day before. She was asked if she had any money and handed over her phone to the kids, who then proceeded to send themselves an egregious amount of money.

Dixon allegedly “hatched a plan,” described the prosecutor. The defendant allegedly picked up three “squeegee boys” and took them to a deserted ally where they were questioned about the stolen money when the defendant allegedly opened fire on them, critically shooting one boy in the back and another in the face and neck. The third boy was able to get away unscathed. The shooting reportedly happened on the 2400 block of Edmondson Avenue.

Due to the “egregiousness” of the crime, the prosecution said Dixon was a threat to public safety and asked that he be held without bail.

Defense attorney Jason Silverstein described his client as a driven businessman who ran a tractor-trailer company. He asked the judge to release Dixon without bail to home detention so that he could run his company. He also pushed for his release saying Dixon’s health was declining while in custody.

Dixon is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of use of a firearm in a felony violent crime, having a handgun on his person, discharging firearms and possessing a regulated illegal firearm.

Judge Hong found the defendant to be a risk to public safety and a flight risk and denied the defendant bail.

According to the Maryland judiciary website, Dixon’s next hearing is on March 1, 2023.

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