Crime

Phenix City man pleads not guilty to carjacking at Columbus nightclub

Sarah Robinson

srobinson@ledger-enqurier.com

Ticuondre Jovon Nelson
Ticuondre Jovon Nelson

A man's fun night on the town on Oct. 18 turned sour when three men carjacked him outside of a local nightclub, according to testimony today in Columbus Recorder's Court.

Ticuondre Jovon Nelson of Phenix City, the second person arrested in the 12:05 a.m. theft, pleaded not guilty to one count each of hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Nelson, who didn't testify in court, was denied bond. His case was bound over to Superior Court. 

Columbus Police Detective Katina Williams said the victim was stepping into his 2014 Chevrolet Malibu with the intention of leaving the Cat Walk Nightclub parking lot at 5368 Veterans Parkway when a vehicle parked behind him, blocking him in.

"At which time, three black males got out of the vehicle with guns, and took his wallet, cellphone and the keys to his car," Williams said.

Williams later clarified that at least two of the men were armed with guns. Two suspects stepped into the victim's car, and fled the scene as the third theft followed in the other automobile.

According to the detective, the victim only gave a few vague descriptions of the suspects, such as their estimated heights.

Police received a tip less than 40 hours later from a concerned citizen who said she saw two black men leave a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu behind an abandoned building in the 3200 block of Sixth Avenue around 7:30 a.m. that morning.

Williams said officers found the vehicle damaged. Police said they have yet to find any of the other stolen items but immediately recovered Nelson and Quarderius Toney Crews' fingerprints from the vehicle. Warrants were obtained for their arrests.

Crews, 22, was arrested Nov. 14 in connection with the incident. He has since appeared in Columbus Recorder's Court, where he pleaded not guilty to one count each of hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Nelson, 20, was taken into custody 1:23 p.m. Monday on Mill Branch Road.

According to police, Nelson and Crews are known assocaites.

Police said they haven't identified the third suspect in the case.

— Sarah is a crime & safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.

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