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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Man arrested in armed robberies for second time in a year

Courtesy Steven Lavern Nixon

WILMINGTON — A man arrested last year in a Subway robbery case has been charged with two more holdups that took place Wednesday, April 16.

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Wilmington Police Department officers have charged 42-year-old Steven Lavern Nixon with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, felony larceny, and resist/delay/obstruct public officers.

Nixon allegedly robbed a convenience store and gas and vape shop on the same day, 15 hours apart.

The first incident took place just after 2:30 a.m., as officers were called to a Scotchman at 901 S. Third Street to investigate an armed robbery. According to Wilmington police, upon entering the store, Nixon implied to the clerk he had a gun in his pocket. He fled the store with cigarettes and cash, traveling on a bike southbound along Third Street.

Just after 5:30 p.m. the same day, a person matching the description Nixon also held up the Easy Vape and Tobacco store, 1929 Oleander Drive, implying he had a gun. The suspect got away with merchandise and money but not before forcing “employees to go into a back room of the business,” WPD indicated in a press release.

The officers made the arrest that evening, with the help of NHSO deputies from the Mobile Field Force. They apprehended Nixon in the passenger seat of a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Nixon is currently being held at the NHCSO Detention Center without bond. It’s his second arrest in less than a year, as Nixon was charged last summer in the robbery of a Subway on Dawson Street. Employees at the time described the suspect entered, said he had a gun, demanded cash and fled.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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