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UPDATE: Prowler Suspect Claims Innocence

UPDATE 9/19/12 @ 6:25 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors in the Westmoreland area of Charleston are keeping an eye out for a prowler -- accused of attempted burglaries.

On Tuesday, police arrested Rashid Dixon, 18. Dixon says it wasn't him.

Meanwhile, neighbors say they will not rest easy until a would-be burglar is in jail.

“Should I run or should I say something to him,” 10-year-old Triniti Lincoln asked herself when she and a friend ran into a man in a ski mask.

They chose to run away and tell her mom.

“She didn't believe me,” Lincoln said.

That is until other neighbors saw him, too, and some say he even attempted to burglarize them.

Police say a reliable source led them to Dixon.

“(A neighbor) calls the police, says something to them so they come up here and harass me,” Dixon said.

Inside his home, police found duct tape, a fake gun and two masks.

“Children live here. There's kids here. If there's masks in there, there's a reason for it,” Dixon said.

Dixon says it wasn't him. So far, he hasn't been charged in connection with any break-ins, but police also found marijuana in his home. That’s when they arrested him.

“He's a hard-working kid. He does what he's supposed to do. He don't bother nobody. He stays either here at his mom's house or he's at my house,” Angela Mitchell, Dixon’s neighbor, said.

“I just feel like I’m being harassed and the real criminals ain't being dealt with,” Dixon said.

No matter who the real criminal is, neighbors just want to keep him away.

“It's scary. I know it happens anywhere, but it's definitely surprising that it happens here on a quiet dead end street,” Tiffany West, a Westmoreland resident, said.

“I don't want to go out there because that man could be out there,” Lincoln said.

Dixon was charged with possession with intent to deliver.

He did admit to having the marijuana. As for the prowler case, though, he says he's innocent.

Dixon will be back in court later this month.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Charleston man was arrested Tuesday on drug charges, according to information from the Charleston Police Department.

Rashid Dixon, 18, was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell. He was arrested at his home in the 500 block of Mary Street. Dixon was arrested after police went to that neighborhood due to reports of a prowler and attempted burglaries by a suspect wearing a mask.

Police say Dixon admitted to selling marijuana in the past, and he told officers he intended to sell the marijuana found at his residence.

Dixon was not charged, however, in connection with the attempted burglaries.


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