Baltimore police charge 19-year-old accused of beating homeless man to death

Baltimore police have arrested and charged a 19-year-old man in the killing of a homeless man with a brick early Tuesday morning, police said.

Dion Dixon was charged Wednesday with murder, assault and weapons-related counts.

Randolph Cockrell, 67, was sleeping on the front porch of a home in the 3700 block of Oakmont Ave. in Northwest Baltimore when Dixon allegedly approached the man, beat him and dragged him off the porch, interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said.

Officers were called about 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Cockrell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tuggle alleged that Dixon fled the scene after the attack. He was arrested within 15 hours and confessed to assaulting Cockrell, Tuggle said.

Police do not know the motive for the attack.

An attorney for Dixon could not be reached for comment.

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