Sheriff: East Baton Rouge man wielding sledge hammer and nail file threatens roommates _lowres

Bennie Dixon, 51

A man wielding a nail file and a sledgehammer threatened to kill his roommates early Monday morning and was arrested later that day, but not before he smashed a defunct television outside his residence.

Bennie Dixon’s rage was set off around 3 a.m., a police affidavit says, when his roommate in the 3900 block of Victoria Drive asked him to turn down the volume of his television. Dixon grabbed the man around the neck with both hands, pushed him down and threw coffee onto him, according to the document by Deputy C. Schroeder of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

Dixon, 51, then fetched a nail file and sledgehammer and approached two other people, raising the heavy tool to announce, “I will kill you all,” the affidavit says. Dixon, who was believed to be impaired by alcohol or narcotics, fled, later returning to beat on the windows and doors of the dwelling, according to the statement.

Monday around 6:40 a.m., another sheriff’s deputy discovered Dixon at the residence and arrested him. Broken pieces of a television were lying in the driveway — evidence of retaliation by Dixon for being locked out — though the residents said the appliance didn’t work anyway, wrote Cpl. John Roberts.

Dixon was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, facing counts of aggravated assault, simple battery and disturbing the peace. His bond was set at $5,500.