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Police have named Camyron Fredrick Johnson as a suspect in connection with the murder of a Hickory taxicab driver Tuesday night.
Johnson is a 22-year-old white male that weighs 180 to 190 pounds and stands 5 feet 10 inches tall. Police consider him armed and dangerous.
He is wanted in connection with the murder of Adam Todd Williams, 32, of Hickory, who was murdered Tuesday night after responding to a fare near the LongHorn Steakhouse parking lot on U.S. 70.
At about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Williams picked up one rider outside Longhorn headed for Tate Boulevard and 15th Street NE, said Ron Stephens, Yellow Cab Company manager. The rider wanted to change their destination to Hildebran, and Williams called it in. That was last thing Yellow Cab heard from him.
At 10:35 p.m., police were called to LongHorn after employees said Williams was trying to enter the then-closed restaurant bleeding profusely from lacerations to the face and neck areas. When authorities arrived, Williams had collapsed and was unconscious, according to Hickory Police Department officials.
Williams was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
At the scene on Tuesday, authorities found an unsecured Yellow Cab taxi backed onto the sidewalk of the former Fuddruckerâ€™s restaurant next to Longhorn.
Stephens said a Yellow Cab dispatcher tried to contact Williams two minutes after his last call-in, but said there was no response. He added that each car has a two-way radio, but said Williams did not try to call them during the incident.
â€śLast we heard he had picked up and was headed to Dominos Pizza in Hildebran,â€ť Stephens said. â€śThe next thing we know, the police called and said they had him and something was wrong with him. At about 1:30 a.m. this morning, the doctor came out and told me and his mother he had passed away.â€ť
Williams had worked for Yellow Cab for about three to four months and preferred to work the nightshift, Stephens said.
â€śHe was one of the nicer drivers we got,â€ť Stephens said. â€śWe usually get complaints with new drivers in the first few weeks, but I never got a complaint with him.â€ť
Stephens said another one of his drivers was killed about 15 years ago. Two others have sustained stab wounds, he said.
â€śThatâ€™s just something you donâ€™t ever hear happening in Hickory,â€ť Stephens said.
Anyone having information of Johnson's whereabouts is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.