Greenfield man arrested for attempted murder on town common

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A Greenfield man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, after a stabbing incident on the town common.

According to Greenfield police, officers were called to the Greenfield Town Common just after 8:35 a.m. Saturday, for reports of a man attacking people with a knife.

When they got there, 44-year-old Thomas Dixon, of High Street, was being held down by a group of people.

Their investigation determined that on Thursday, Dixon went to the town common after allegedly drinking alcohol all morning and asked to pay a woman for a sexual act. Dixon was then allegedly assaulted by a friend of the woman, and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Greenfield police say Dixon learned the name of the person who assaulted him and returned to the common Saturday morning with a knife. 

“Dixon decided to take matters into his own hands and walked to the Town Common where he punctured a tent with a knife that he brought with him,” police said. “The three occupants of the tent, were sleeping, but awoke when they heard the sound of the fabric tent being ripped by the knife.”

Dixon allegedly entered the tent and told a woman “don’t worry, I’m not here for you,” before attempting to stab another occupant. He was subdued by the victims, who police say received minor injuries.

Monday, 22News spoke with one of the victims involved in the incident.

“I do feel safe here and I felt safe then,” said Skyla Qualters. “Everybody that was here jumped in to help us. So it was just a really scary thing to wake up too.”

Dixon has been charged with attempted murder, home invasion, assault with a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault in a dwelling while being armed, and vandalism.

Dixon was released without bail after he was arraigned today in Greenfield District Court. He’s due back in court September 17.

Several tents are set up on the Greenfield Town Common, as homeless people have been camping there all summer due to an exemption in a city ordinance.

Read more: Homeless no longer allowed to camp on Greenfield Town Common

The Board of Health set Monday as the deadline for campers to leave the common, after determining the encampment is temporary housing and requires special permits.

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