Man kidnaps family members en route to shoot and kill stepdad, police say

Memphis, Tenn. — Police revealed new information about the moments leading up to a man being shot to death at his home last Tuesday.

According to the Memphis Police Department, 20-year-old Nicholas Anderson shot and killed his stepfather Javarie Mayes at Mayes’ home on Railton Road.

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Police said that the two got into an argument that led Mayes to ban Anderson from the home.

According to court records, on April 5, Mayes called a family member and told that family member that he was stranded at the Kingston Manor apartments.

When that family member and another arrived to pick up Mayes, police report that Mays and two other men got into the car, pointed a gun at the family member driving and demanded that they text Mayes and tell him to come to an abandoned church and bring them some gas.

When Mayes refused, Anderson had one of the men he was with drive the car to Davis Park, 1.2 miles from the home on Railton Road, police said.

Anderson then threatened his family members and made them stay at the park, according to police, allegedly saying “I told you I was going to kill him. I been wanting to pop him... You all better stay here, if not you all will be next.”

Police said Anderson left the family members at the park and returned a short while later saying “I handled him like I said.”

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The affidavit said that Anderson then drove back to Kingston Manor while continuing to hold his family members at gunpoint, saying “You better not go to the police or you’ll be next.”

Sunday, family members held a candlelight vigil for Mayes at his home on Railton Road.

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Three days later, the U.S. Marshals arrested Anderson in Indianola, Mississippi.

Anderson faces one count of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.