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Statesboro man charged with kidnapping taxi driver
Suspect drew gun, demanded to be taken to Claxton
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Tevin Jamal Nixon

A man who kidnapped a taxi driver in Statesboro Tuesday is in jail, and police are still investigating reasons why the man hijacked the taxi at gunpoint.

Tevin Jamal Nixon, 23, University Pointe Apartments, hailed a cab around 6 a.m. Tuesday, “drew a firearm and forced the driver, Nicholas Lavan, to drive him to Claxton, Georgia,” said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.

After arriving in Claxton, Nixon made the driver stop on the side of a roadway and wait for another vehicle.  However, Evans County Sheriff’s Investigator Virgil Deloach observed the taxi and another vehicle on the side of the road around 8:20 a.m., and stopped to check on them, Turner said.

“Lavan was able to notify Deloach that something was wrong, he said.  Deloach “was able to take Nixon into custody and recover the firearm without incident.”

Nixon was transported to the Bulloch County Jail, charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is held without bond, awaiting further court action.

This case is still under investigation, Turner said.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.

Anonymous tips may also be sent to www.tipsoft.com or by sending the text “TIPSSPD” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES), he said.