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Police: Man kidnapped, robbed and carjacked at gunpoint

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Ricky Cota (Source: Simpsonville Police Dept.) Ricky Cota (Source: Simpsonville Police Dept.)

A man is behind bars after they said he carjacked a man at gunpoint, threatened to kill him then tried to flee hidden in a taxi cab, according to Simpsonville police.

Police said the victim was approached by 24-year-old Ricky Cota in the parking lot of the Spinx on Fairview Road where he asked for a ride about 9:20 a.m.

The victim said no, but Cota forced him to drive around town to local ATMs after taking the man's wallet and debit card, police said.

"They were going to pull into the Stop-A-Minit gas station, there was a lot of people there, so the man told our victim, well since we can't stop anywhere, I'm going to go ahead and kill you," said Justin Chandler, with the Simpsonville Police Department.

Chandler said that's when the victim made quick decision to wreck his car into a power pole on West Georgia Road next to the Food Lion, where Cota assaulted the victim with his hands then took off on foot, police said.

Police and the Greenville County Sheriff's Office set up a perimeter and sent out search dogs to track Cota down.

Around noon, police said a taxi cab was seen leaving the area where Cota took off. Officers pulled the taxi over and said they found Cota in the back seat.

The victim was taken to Hillcrest Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Business owners near the crash site said the news of what happened has them worried.

"I use that gas station frequently," said Anthony Gonzalez. "Me and my family live real close by there. I wouldn't know what I would do if it happened to me. That guy was pretty brave for doing what he did."

Police said the public should not be concerned because they believe it was an isolated incident.

Cota was arrested and charged with armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, assault and battery first degree and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Cota was denied a bond during a bond hearing Saturday.

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