Motorcycle club members arrested after allegedly beating man outside Century business

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One Port St. Lucie man was charged Sunday for his alleged involvement in beating two Escambia citizens in the parking lot of a Century business.

James Dixon, a member of The Outlaws Motorcycle Club, was arrested Sunday evening after he was identified as one of several attackers that on May 7 allegedly broke a man's arm and nasal cavity and injured a woman who tried to intervene.

According to an arrest report, an Escambia County Sheriff's Office deputy viewed footage that showed the victim being followed outside a business by "at least 7 other individuals" who were "wearing insignia consistent with the criminal outlaw motorcycle gangs to include the Southern Saints and Outlaws."

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There is also a second victim who attempted to protect the first victim from being injured further.

"(She) stated that she ran outside to help and she jumped in to try and protect (male victim)," the deputy notes in the police report. "(She) stated she was trying to protect (him) from being injured more, she was punched, kicked and drug across the ground as well."

She identified John Percy Johnson as one of the members involved in the assault, and she told authorities that she's known Johnson for over 10 years.

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Johnson was arrested June 10 for aggravated battery.

The male victim told deputies on May 10 that his arm and nasal cavities were broken and must see a specialist about losing feeling in his lower back and left leg, according to the report.

"Dixon can be clearly seen in the video rush (male victim) after another individual knock him to the ground and begins kicking and hitting him," the report noted. "As Dixon is rushing towards (him) he is holding what appears to be a small semiautomatic pistol and pointing it at (him) as he is being kicked and punched."

The victim told authorities that the man with the gun told him that "if you talk to the police, we will kill you."

Along with Dixon and Johnson, ECSO arrested 31-year-old Bradley Scott Griener, 44-year-old Brody Trainer, 54-year-old Robert Dean and 31-year-old Preston Perry for aggravated battery.

A seventh suspect, Steven Arnold, is currently wanted for aggravated batter with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery causing bodily harm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Dixon was charged with felony aggravated battery, felony obstructing justice, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

He is currently in Escambia County Jail with a $275,000 bond.

Benjamin Johnson can be reached at bjohnson@pnj.com or 850-435-8578

This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: Outlaws Motorcycle Club members assault Century man outside business