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Taxi driver charged in sexual assault reported on Duke campus

Posted August 21, 2015 7:53 a.m. EDT
Updated August 21, 2015 10:22 a.m. EDT

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.”