Teen Robbed 'Intoxicated' Gay Men During Trysts, Cops Say
GREENWICH VILLAGE — An 18-year-old man is under arrest after allegedly going home with older men for sex — and then running off with their wallets, police said.
Ackeem Dixon, of Midtown, allegedly stole credit cards and identification from a series of victims who brought him home for trysts, commanding officer of the 6th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Brandon del Pozo, said at a recent community meeting.
"When they were in their most vulnerable moments, [Dixon] would take their stuff and run," del Pozo said, adding that the victims were all "intoxicated older men."
Dixon was first arrested April 14 when Sgt. Gregory Abbott — who was named the 6th Precinct's 2011 "Officer of the Year" — spotted him being chased in the Village, police said. Dixon was reportedly carrying a cell phone that was not his and had the ID of a 51-year-old man.
Dixon was arrested, jailed and hit with felony robbery charges, court documents show. Police said he was released two days later.
After cops secured a warrant to search Dixon's single-resident occupancy room in Midtown, they allegedly found credit cards and IDs of several other men who live in the area, police said.
Dixon was arrested again May 19 at the Christopher Street stop of the PATH train, according to police and court records.
He is being held on $25,000 bail at Rikers Island, according to Department of Corrections website.
Dixon was charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and robbery charges, all of which are felonies. He is due back in court on June 12.
Dixon's attorney, Edward Donion, declined to comment. The accused's friend DeSean Irby, 21, said he was surprised to hear about his arrest.
"Ackeem's cool, very friendly — never had a problem with anyone," said Irby, who said he first met Dixon about a year ago on Pier 45, the longtime LGBT hangout off of Christopher Street.
Dixon lived with a foster family, Irby said.
Irby said he didn't condone theft, but that young people who frequent the pier have extraordinary problems that sometimes make crime appealing.
"Our community gets kicked out of our houses," he said. "At the end of the day, you need to be able to eat."