Marine Helped Police Catch Henderson Chase Suspect

Lance Corporal Jorge Maiz lived in Henderson for 7 years, but these days he serves his country as a marine in San Diego. Last week, he got a phone call he never wanted to hear.

"I got bad news, my uncle passed away. He's not just like my uncle, he was like my dad,” Maiz said. “So when I got that news, I tried to do everything so I could be here for him."

On his way back from the funeral Saturday, Maiz was sitting in his car, just across the street from the EZ Shop.

“So we stop on that intersection, and that's when we see the car just flying by with cops behind him."

Just seconds later, Henry Dixon's car struck a gas pump before crashing into the building in a fiery blaze.

"It was like in the movies, like some crazy stuff,” Maiz recalled. “The first thing I wanted to do was just try to help the people, because I mean, it looks like a real bad crash. So I was like, I know somebody's hurt. So I don't care what that guy did. I still wanted to try to help him out.

That was until Maiz saw Dixon get out of his car, and start running. His military instincts kicked in.

"I just, I need to get this guy. My head was, he cannot get away. This guy needs to pay for what he did. This is insane,” Maiz said.

He drove into the nearby neighborhood where Dixon ran, and cut him off., but he wasn’t done there. Maiz got out of his car, and started running toward Dixon.

"He acted like he had a gun, and started shooting me, he got scared because he probably thought I was gonna stop, or something,” Maiz said. “I just, I was still running, so he grabbed a tree branch, like long tree branch. So he got close, so he started moving against a house, so when I got close to him, he swung at me, and I just push him through a wall."

Police caught up, tazed and detained Dixon, who didn’t have a gun. Police thanked Maiz for what he did. He said he was just happy to help.


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