Within 15 minutes of each other, Harker Heights police and Killeen police sent out separate news releases. Though it wasn’t noted, the two incidents were directly related.
The first was from Harker Heights police spokesman Steve Miller, and it announced the arrest of a man wanted on an aggravated assault charge.
Peter Minott, 28, walked into the Cheddar’s restaurant in the 2100 block of Central Texas Expressway in Harker Heights on May 25, and hit a man with a baseball bat, Miller’s release said. That’s not the whole story though, according to Minott.
The release from Killeen police spokesman Cmdr. Alex Gearhart stated that officers arrested a man Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a fight in a home on Birmingham Circle. That man arrested was Sean Aloysius Dixon, 32, of Killeen. He was the man Minott hit with a baseball bat a month earlier.
Dixon is married to Minott’s sister, and Minott said Dixon had mistreated her, Minott said in a phone call Friday. She was at the home on Birmingham Circle when the day Dixon arrived.
Minott went to Dixon’s home May 24 and tried to reason with him, but said Dixon chased him out with a gun. The attack at Cheddar’s was in retaliation, Minott said.
Wednesday, Dixon came to his estranged wife’s home and when he kicked open the door, he brandished a machete, according to the affidavit for arrest. After a fight, Minott had a deep stab wound in his side, and his mother, Denise Brown, suffered cuts on her arm, police said. Minott’s sister was at home at the time, but was not injured in the attack.
Brown is a school teacher in New York City, but came to Killeen from Brooklyn when she learned about her son’s problems. Her goal was to talk Minott through what was going on, and try to be the voice of reason.
“All he was doing was defending his sister,” Brown said. “Now, I would have probably done it differently, but I think any brother would have done the same thing.”
A background check shows that Dixon was arrested and charged with the assault of a family member, a class A midemeanor, on May 15, 2013. The charge was dropped on Oct. 17, 2013, at the request of the complaining witness.
Minott is upset at the way he was portrayed in the incident. The release, sent by Harker Heights police, only explains part of the situation, and he neither owns a gun, nor had one on him during the assault at Cheddar’s, he said. The release said that Minott pulled his shirt up from his waistband and revealed he had a gun, and states that he “stated something to the effect of ‘I have a gun now’ before retreating out of the restaurant.” Minott said Dixon likely told police that to paint a specific picture.
The Herald asked Harker Heights police if it was witnesses or Dixon who told officers that Minott had a gun. They did not respond by press time.
“I don’t know what they’re talking about with a gun, I never had a gun on me,” Minott said. “It’s multiple stories being told.”
Dixon was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Friday morning. Total bond was $200,000. The Bell County Jail inmate inquiry website did not show him in jail as of 5 p.m. Friday.
Minott was held in the Bell County Jail on $100,000 bond. He is out on bond.