Surveillance video captures man crawling through hotel ceiling

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The hotel clerk working at the Extended Stay on Richmond Road said he sometimes sees strange things working the overnight shift, but he said he'd never seen anything like what happened Tuesday morning.

The clerk, who wanted to be identified only as "Sam", said he heard an odd noise in the lobby shortly after 3:00 Tuesday morning.

"When I came to the front desk to check, I saw two legs hanging from the ceiling," he said.

In this lobby surveillance video, you see chunks of the ceiling fell all around, then a man lowering himself to the floor. Sam said the man was bleeding, so he told him to go to the bathroom to clean up, trying to buy some time for police to get there.

"He just wanted to take off, to leave quickly. I block the main entrance. He tried to escape from the back one," said Sam.

But Sam wasn't going to let that happen.

"As you see, I kick the door actually," he said.

The man ran out the front door with Sam close behind. Sam says he chased him behind a nearby store until police got there a couple of minutes later. They say they found Ridge Wilson hiding and arrested him. As Sam finished his shift late this morning, he was still a bit in disbelief about what had happened.

"I never saw something like that. I saw them only on TV. Those kind if programs or TV shows. I never thought that I'll be in one of them," he said.

Wilson was charged with alcohol intoxication.

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