Police identify suspect in violent Georgetown shoplifting

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT)-Georgetown Police have identified the suspect in a violent shoplifting as Matthew Howard and are now asking for help finding him.

A store clerk, Tracy Thompson, was hit in the face Wednesday as she tried to stop a man from stealing from Georgetown Shoes, the store where she works. She described her injuries for our crews Thursday.

"He struck me on the side of the face and pulled out a large knife and threatened to slash my throat," Thompson recalled, while pointing out the visible injury on her jaw line.

Police released the cell phone picture Thompson caught of her assailant and through tips, identified the man as Howard.

"Any time you have a crime like this, you always you always want to make it a top priority," explained Georgetown Police Sergeant Brian Moore.

Police say Howard's criminal history makes them consider him a dangerous man---who may hit another store.

'Our top priority now is locating him and apprehending him," Moore said.

After investigators identified Howard as their suspect in this case, officers say he's been spotted in the Georgetown area, Lexington area and in Jessamine County. Now, police need the public's help tracking him down.

"Anyone who knows where he is shouldn't approach him. They should call police," Moore said.

Officers do have an arrest warrant for Howard and say he may be driving a 2001 Black Chevy Impala.

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