Suspect Sought: Kidnapping

"For Immediate Release"
Media Contact: Sonya Dodds, 863 534-3677 or 863 820-4839, pager

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Polk County Crime Stoppers

Derrick Hixon"Man Sought on Kidnapping Charges"

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Robbery Unit Detectives are searching for a 27-year-old man wanted for kidnapping and robbing his ex-girlfriend and her six-year-old son on New Year’s Eve night.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Derrick Hixon, DOB 5/5/71, of unknown address, on charges of kidnapping (two counts), robbery, vehicle theft, and violation of an injunction for protection. Hixon held an ex-girlfriend and her young son against their will on New Year’s Eve night. He also forced her to drive to work the next morning to pick up her check to give to him, and threatened to kill the child if she "tried anything." The mother tipped off a co-worker and was able to remove her son from the vehicle prior to the suspect snatching her purse as he drove away in her van. No one was injured.

Detectives are requesting assistance in locating Hixon. Anyone with information on Hixon’s possible location is asked to call the Robbery Unit at 863 534-0980.

A reward of up to $1,000 may be awarded for information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. Anonymity is Guaranteed!

January 6, 1999

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