This week, a Hasidic hitman blasted a convicted murderer in the back of his head in a Queens execution that was caught on surveillance video.
Victim Jermaine Dixon, a former member from the Patio Crew in Brooklyn, had been released from federal prison less than a decade ago when the disguised gunman attacked on Monday. He killed the gangster.
Surveillance video taken from S. Conduit Ave., near 132nd Street in South Ozone Park captures what appears to have been the planned hit at 8 a.m.
According to police sources, the gunman was a Black man wearing a long black robe and a Hasidic-style cap. The NYPD released video Thursday showing the shooter working in a white sedan while looking out for his target.
Video shows that Dixon, 47, was approaching his Ford Edge SUV and the suspect ran over to him and shot him in the head.
The Skyway Mens Shelter resident heard at least three shots, and saw people running.
He said that I had just finished my breakfast and was about to go for a smoke. Everyone was running. . . . Everybody is staring at something in the distance.
The video shows that the gunman ran back to his car and dropped the hood, before driving off on 132nd Street.
Sources said that witnesses told police that Dixon was ambushed by the gunman who was also wearing white gloves and a facemask.
Dixon's attempts at redemption were cut short by the execution.
The ex-con was once part of the Patio Crew, which refers to Flatbush's restaurant where the gang hanged out.
Dixon was sentenced to 19 years in prison for drug offenses and the 1992 murder Alphonso Gooden. Prosecutors claimed that Dixon was the trigger person. Emile Dixon, his brother was also convicted and is currently serving a life sentence.
Brooklyn Federal Court papers show that Jermaine Dixon was open to cooperating with the feds. However, the deal fell apart when prosecutors discovered his involvement in the Gooden murders.
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Dixon was sentenced to a life term, but it was later reduced by 30 years. He became a good prisoner. Dixon completed a bachelor's degree in business administration and applied for compassionate release.
Your honor sent Dixon to Judge Raymond Dearie stating that it is evident that I am not the young man he sentenced me to 20 years ago. Your honor, I ask you to take another chance with me. Let me re-enter society and prove to my family, mother, and children that I can do and will do the right things upon release. I blame myself for the path I took that led me to my current position. I am asking your honor to take a chance with me and let me re-enter society to prove to myself, my mother, children, and family that I can and will do the right thing upon release...I blame no one but myself for the road that led me to where I am now.
Dearie was convinced.
Dearie wrote. I chose the latter. I'm willing to take a chance.
Dearie pointed out in his ruling, that Dixon lied about Goodens' murder to investigators.
Dearie wrote that this poor and tragic decision was largely prompted by Dearie's repeated concern for his brother, who was facing capital offenses, and his refusal to testify against him. While the government's reaction was justified, Mr. Dixon's efforts to protect his brother were understandable and reflect a good side of his character.
According to three family members, Dixon's mother and her son are currently in Jamaica to grieve his passing. They described Dixon as a good man, but they declined to comment further.
Cops released video footage of the shooting in hopes that the shooter could be identified. NYPD Crime Stoppers is available at (800) 577 TIPS for any information.
Brittany Kriegstein and Wes Parnell