Arrest made in March home invasion at 96-year-old Orange County man’s home

Orange County News

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with a home invasion at a 96-year-old man’s home in March. Guns and money were taken during the robbery.

According to the sheriff’s office, Ronald Baker was arrested last week on charges of first-degree burglary, common law robbery, two counts of larceny of firearm, two counts of possession of firearm by convicted felon, larceny of motor vehicle and second-degree kidnapping.

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Baker was placed in the Orange County Detention Center under a $75,000 bond.

The charges are related to the home invasion and robbery that occurred on March 5 at Jessie Dixon’s Hillsborough home. 

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In that incident, two masked men came into Dixon’s home, held him down and stole his guns and money. Dixon said he was in bed when Baker and a second man who has been identified as Raymond Earl Dixon entered the home.

“It almost scared me to death,” Dixon said. “I was going to sleep.”

Dixon told CBS 17 one of the intruders held him down.

“Pistol, they got my shotgun, they got my rifle. Then they got the car,” Dixon explained.

Dixon said they also stole his wallet with about $90 inside and then took off in his car. 

The second suspect, Raymond Dixon, is not in custody, but warrants have been issued for his arrest on charges of first-degree burglary, common law robbery, two counts of larceny of a firearm, two counts of possession of firearm by a felon, and second-degree kidnapping.

Raymond Dixon is Jessie Dixon’s grandson, according to Roy Burt, who is Jessie’s son-in-law

Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a press release that, “Home invasions are of particular concern because a person’s sense of safety in his own home is assaulted. Since the night of these crimes, deputies have increased their presence in the area. I encourage community members to continue working together to keep their neighborhood safe by being observant of their surroundings and contacting 911 if they notice anything of concern.”

The case is still under investigation, and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 919-245-2900 or Investigator Ray directly at 919-245-2975.

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