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Update: Man charged with trying to kill pregnant girlfriend boarding Johnson City Transit bus; victim's name released

August 12th, 2013 5:00 pm by Becky Campbell

Update: Man charged with trying to kill pregnant girlfriend boarding Johnson City Transit bus; victim's name released

Sanders Lee Dixon




Johnson City police arrested a Massachusetts man suspected of trying to kill his pregnant girlfriend and the couple’s unborn child as they started to board a city transit bus, according to a police news release.


Sanders L. Dixon, 22, 38 High St., Apt. 101, Springfield, Mass., was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Police said Dixon stabbed Toni Johnson, 18, of Johnson City, in the back. In the release, police said the two had been involved in an argument.

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The stabbing happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday at the corner of East Watagua Avenue and Baxter Street. The bus had stopped at the corner and Johnson was getting ready to board when Dixon came up behind her and stabbed her.


Police said Johnson had non-life threatening injuries.


In an arrest warrant, police said Dixon and Johnson had been having problems and were in the process of breaking up. Monday morning, when Johnson left her residence to catch the bus to go to a doctor’s appointment, Dixon was outside her residence waiting on her. 

Read the affidavit of complaint against Dixon.


Johnson told police that Dixon confronted her about the break-up. When she started to get on the bus, she felt a sharp pain in her back.


“She reached around and felt a knife sticking in her back and asked Dixon what he had done,” Investigator Bret Richardson wrote in the warrant. Dixon then ran from the scene, but police caught him a short time later. Witness told police they kept on an eye on Dixon as he fled until officers arrived and pointed him out for officers when they arrived. Police said Dixon had wrapped a plastic bag around the knife handle and dropped that bag as he ran.


He also tossed a backpack while fleeing but had managed to change his shirt as he ran. Officers recovered the backpack but did not indicate what might have been inside.


There were several witnesses to the stabbing, including many who were on the city transit bus when it happened.


 “This lady was getting on the bus and this man stabbed her in the back,” said Kevin West, who was on the bus at the time.


“She screamed and turned around and asked the guy what he did. When she turned back around she had a knife in her hand, like she had pulled it out of her back,” he said. “She said she was pregnant.”


West said the knife looked like a switchblade and held his hands about four to six inches apart in describing the length of the blade.


“He did it nonchalantly and turned around and walked away,” West said. When he looked out the bus window, the man was running back toward the interstate, he said.


Dixon was taken to a hospital by the Washington County/Johnson City EMS. Police interviewed everyone riding the bus and then allowed it to continue on its route.


Dixon was being held on $200,000 bond. He will be arraigned on the charges in Washington County Sessions Court today.



Earlier version posted at 12:30 p.m.:

Johnson City police arrested a Massachusetts man suspected of trying to kill his pregnant girlfriend and the couple's unborn child as they started to board a city transit bus, according to a department press release.


Sanders L. Dixon, 22, 38 High St. Apt. 101, Springfield, Mass., was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. According to police, Dixon stabbed the woman, still unidentified by police, in the back. In the release, police said the two had recently been involved in an argument.

Read the affidavit of complaint against Dixon.


The stabbing happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday at the corner of Watagua Avenue and Baxter Street. The bus had stopped at the corner and the woman was getting ready to board when Dixon came up behind her and stabbed her.


Police said the woman had non-life threatening injuries.

According to an arrest warrant, Dixon and his girlfriend had been having problems and were in the process of breaking up. Monday morning, the woman left her residence to catch the bus to go to a doctor's appointment. She told police Dixon was outside her residence waiting on her and confronted her about the break-up.

The woman told police she started to get on the bus and felt a sharp pain in her back.

"She reached around and felt a knife sticking in her back and asked Dixon what he had done," Investigator Bret Richardson wrote in the warrant. Dixon then ran from the scene, but was apprehended by police a short time later. Witness told police they kept on an eye on Dixon as he fled until officers arrived and pointed him out for officers when they arrived. Police said Dixon had wrapped a plastic bag around the knife handle and dropped that bag as he ran.

He also tossed a backpack while fleeing but had managed to change his shirt as he ran. Officers recovered the backpack, but did not indicate what might have been inside.

There were several witnesses to the stabbing, including many who were on the city transit bus  when it happened.


 “This lady was getting on the bus and this man stabbed her in the back,” said Kevin West, who was on the bus at the time.


“She screamed and turned around and asked the guy what he did. When she turned back around she had a knife in her hand, like she had pulled it out of her back,” he said. “She said she was pregnant.”


West said the knife looked like a switchblade and held his hands about four to six inches apart in describing the length of the blade.


“He did it nonchalantly and turned around and walked away,” West said. When he looked out the bus window, the man was running back toward the interstate, he said.


The woman, still unidentified by police, was transported to a hospital by the Washington County/Johnson City EMS. Police interviewed everyone riding the bus and then allowed it to continue on its route.


Dixon was being held on a $200,000 bond. He will be arraigned on the charges in Washington County General Sessions Court Tuesday.

Earlier report posted at 9:55 a.m.:

A pregnant woman getting ready to board a Johnson City transit bus Monday morning was apparently stabbed by a man standing behind her, according to a witness.


It happened around 9:30 a.m. at Watauga Avenue and Baxter Street.


“This lady was getting on the bus and this man stabbed her in the back,” said Kevin West, who was on the bus at the time.


“She screamed and turned around and asked the guy what he did. When she turned back around she had a knife in her hand, like she had pulled it out of her back,” he said. “She said she was pregnant.”


West said the knife looked like a switchblade and held his hands about four to six inches apart in describing the length of the blade.


“He did it nonchalantly and turned around and walked away,” West said. When he looked out the bus window, the man was running back toward the interstate, he said.


The woman, still unidentified by police, was transported to a hospital by the Washington County/Johnson City EMS. Police interviewed everyone riding the bus and then allowed it to continue on its route.


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