It was a busy year for Lexington Police and for Crime Stoppers.
"The Bluegrass Crime Stoppers received over 1,100 tips throughout the year which led to 81 arrests and 124 cases were solved. We had four homicides that we assisted with information that led to an arrest. We had 18 armed robberies, 17 thefts and larcenies from vehicles, and we had over 50 fugitives we helped capture with the U.S. Marshal's Office," says Detective Rob Sarrantonio with Lexington Police.
One of the homicides solved happened in 2009. 24-year-old Tyjuan Pearson was arrested in Cincinnati by the U.S. Marshals. He was wanted for a deadly shooting outside a Lexington convenience store that investigators say started over a game of dice. This past November, he was found guilty of second degree manslaughter, closing the case and rewarding the tipster who called Crime Stoppers. More than $17,000 dollars total was given out to people in 2010 for information leading to arrests.
"Even though I'll get get the information and it might seem trivial or minor information, that might be the last piece of the puzzle that the investigator is looking for," says Detective Rob Sarrantonio with the Lexington Police Department.
Since the start of the program in 1987 in the Central Kentucky area, there have been more than 11,000 tips given, 2,397 arrests, and 6,787 cases solved. More than $411,000 has been given out in rewards.
You can always call Crime Stoppers with your tips, which could lead to a reward. That number is 859-253-2020.