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Taxi driver charged in sexual assault reported on Duke campus

Posted August 21, 2015

Ahmad Hezam

— A 45-year-old taxi driver was arrested Friday morning and charged with second-degree sexual offense after authorities say he assaulted a Duke University student early Thursday.

According to Duke police, a female student was taking a taxi back to campus from Shooters II on West Morgan Street when she was assaulted by Ahmad Hezam near Science Drive at about 1:30 a.m. The student was able to get out of the taxi and run away, police said.

Hezam was taken into custody early Friday at his apartment at 1315 Morreene Road in Durham.

He was in the Durham County jail being held under a $500,000 bond.

Kyle Cavanaugh, the university's vice president for administration, released a statement Friday morning thanking investigators. He said tips from the public led to Friday's arrest.

“We are grateful for the community’s quick response to provide critical information in the investigation,” he said in a statement. “Because of this information, we were able to make an arrest within 24 hours of the incident.”


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  • Wayne R Douglas III Aug 21, 2015
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    Who said anything about a child victim? I read this several times and never read those words.

  • Chris Hall Aug 21, 2015
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    You sure are needy. Not going to bother with you again as you just bob and weave any real discussion.


  • Erika Phipps Aug 21, 2015
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    I imagine what's most disappointing for *some* followers of this story isn't who this man is, but whom he isn't... loonies hoping like crazy it was a frat boy that did this.

  • Angel Nardo-Myers Aug 21, 2015
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    ...not irrelevant if he is not a citizen, it that cause he should be deported.

  • Forest Hazel Aug 21, 2015
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    I missed the part in the story where it said he was Muslim...or are we just making an assumption here, just like some folks assume that everyone who looks Latino just arrived last week from Mexico. If he did it, try him, and if he's found guilty, lock him up. His religion, color, or anything else are irrelevant.

  • Larry Livingstone Aug 21, 2015
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    So maybe ol'Ahmad got Durham mixed up with Rotherham. It happens.

  • Anne Havisham Aug 21, 2015
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    My guess is that it's The Longer Employing Ahmad Hezam Cab Company. While the courts need to treat all accused people as innocent until (and unless) proven guilty, businesses do not.

    In my opinion, the man's employer, the man's ancestral country, and the man's (actual or perceived) religion do NOT need to share the charges he faces, unless we also intend to spread the guilt around for people like Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.

  • Paul Donovan Aug 21, 2015
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    What is the name of the cab company?

  • Patrick Murphy Aug 21, 2015
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    OK, can we stop the non-sense now about how Uber drivers are the devil and cab drivers are angels? They are both safe and sometimes stuff happens.

  • Jim Hugs Aug 21, 2015
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    The last time my wife and I took a cab the driver forced us to share a ride with 8 other people. I'll call the ubers next time.