Police in Montgomery County, Md. issued documents against Eric S. Dyson, 60, charging him with theft and the first degree murder of a 95-year-old veteran, Dan Belvin. According to the police’s Statement of Probable Cause, the defendant allegedly admitted to the homicide, but then claimed to have had a sexual relationship with the victim which involved “unwelcomed” advances.
“Eric Dyson alleged that he exchanged sexual favors with Dan Belvin for money and the use of his vehicle,” read a press release from the Montgomery County Department of Police. “Eric Dyson admitted to stabbing Dan Belvin in response to alleged unwelcomed sexual advances.”
According to the release, Belvin had not been seen for days, and a concerned friend asked the property manager at Belvin’s senior community to check his apartment. Upon finding Belvin’s body, police were called. The responding officers “found the circumstances to be suspicious…. It appeared that Belvin had suffered multiple sharp force injuries.”
Phone records and notes found around Belvin’s apartment led to Dyson’s name. Dyson reportedly lived in the same Randolph Village apartment complex, north of Silver Spring, Md. The police’s charging document indicated that Dyson used the deceased’s credit cards to retrieve cash, and that a total of $5,532.39 had been taken. An employee at the apartment complex observed Dyson driving Belvin’s car on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The police noted that detectives “determined that Dyson had been using the victim’s vehicle prior to the victim’s death and that the victim had requested that Dyson return his vehicle keys.”
The Washington Post reported that Dan Belvin was a WWII and Korean War vet; and also conveyed a neighbor’s claim that Belvin was “a very sweet man” whose “wife died about two years ago.” Another neighbor told WUSA-9 that Belvin’s beloved dog may have passed on, too. WUSA-9 also reported that Belvin “had only recently moved into the senior apartments.”
WJLA/ABC7 News reports that “authorities” said “Dyson has a long criminal history.”