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Updated: 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 | Posted: 11:31 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011
HICKORY, N.C. —
Police are looking for a suspect after a cab driver was stabbed to death in Hickory, the Hickory Police Department said.
Adam Williams, 32, was pronounced dead at Frye Regional Medical Center on Tuesday night. Police are looking for Camyron Fredrick Johnson, 22, in connection with the killing.
The Yellow Cab Company got a call from someone on Tuesday night claiming to have car trouble. Williams’ boss said he now thinks the call was a setup for whichever cab driver answered.
“I believe it was an ambush,” General Manager Ron Stephens said.
Williams went to the Longhorn Steakhouse on Highway 70 around 10:30 p.m. Someone got into his car near a dimly lit area, and Williams radioed back that he had picked up the caller.
“(He) said he had picked up,” Stephens said. “Those are the last words we heard from him."
Minutes later, Williams staggered to the front door of the steakhouse with stab wounds to his chest and neck. An employee called 911.
Williams was unconscious by the time police arrived, and they never got the chance to talk to him.
Williams’ mother, Bridget Patrick, arrived at the hospital about 30 minutes later and learned her son had died.
“(They) told me he didn't make it,” she said.
She said Williams, who is a father, took the job at Yellow Cab two months ago.
“The economy is so bad, he'd take any job he can get,” Patrick said.
Johnson is described as about 5 feet 10 inches tall and between 180 and 190 pounds. He has red hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information about Johnson's whereabouts is asked to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551. Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous, officials said.
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