Vancleave man indicted in hit-and-run death of popular casino chef ‘Monkey Man’

Jason Salisbury
Jason Salisbury

A Jackson County grand jury has indicted a Vancleave man on a felony charge in connection with the death of a bicyclist and popular chef at the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi.

Dylan Anthony Bullock, 24, was indicted on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in the death of Jason Michael Salisbury, 26, of Jackson County.

Salisbury, who was known to friends as “Monkey Man,” died a short time after he called his mother to tell her he was on the way home from his job at the casino.

In an interview shortly after the accident, Salisbury’s mother said she got a call from her son at 11:26 p.m. the evening of Aug. 19, 2016, and Salisbury was dead less than an hour later.

Salisbury was about to turn onto Tucker Road when he last spoke to his mother.

Bullock was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck when he struck Salisbury on Tucker Road near Pine Ridge Road on Aug. 20, 2016, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

Salisbury died at the scene at 12:45 a.m. .

Bullock kept driving.

Witnesses gave a description’s of Bullock’s truck to deputies.

Deputies found Bullock on Deenen Road standing outside of his disabled truck.

A blood test was performed on Bullock at the time of his arrest.

Bullock and Salisbury lived in the same neighborhood.

At the time of his death, Salisbury was engaged and helping his fiance raise her four children.

Bullock is scheduled to go trial next year.

He is facing a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45