Robbery Suspect Out Of Jail Only Four Days Before Striking Again

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Lexington police need your help finding the man they say is behind the city's latest robbery, and a past victim says he saw this coming.

Police want to find 20-year-old Justin Sinclaire Thornton. They say he's the person who robbed the Thornton's gas station on South Broadway on Tuesday morning.

A man walked into the station armed with a sharp object. The clerk ended up getting cut during the course of the robbery.

Police say surveillance helped them identify Thornton.

Walter Carpenter says he knows the man responsible because the same man stabbed him 30 times in August.

Carpenter drives a cab and picked up Thornton. During the ride the 20- year-old reached up into the front seat put a knife to Carpenter's throat.

The two struggled for awhile resulting in the stabbing of the cab driver and the eventual arrest of Thornton.

However, he was released on probation on September 12th. Thornton was again arrested, this time for a probation violation, on September 26th.

He was released just four days before this latest robbery.

Now, Carpenter says this should be an example of why some people should remain behind bars.

If you have any information on Thornton's whereabouts, contact Lexington police.


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  • by K Location: Lexington on Oct 31, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    Well i love this man an no matter what everyone has there problems he is a good man an means the world to me an everybody mess's up i love you justin your girlfriend
  • by concerned Location: Lexington KY on Oct 30, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    This story is sad for the victims...on the other hand the criminal commiting these crimes deserves NO MERCY.
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Oct 30, 2008 at 05:01 AM
    Thanks Governor Beshear for letting these guys out early. You are just making the majority of us realize why we didn't vote for you. You want to save money by releasing prisoners from jail, but it is costing just as much for law enforcement to beef up patrols to combat the numerous acts committed by these early releases. Don't plan on running again. I'm sure Ray Larson will have facts showing (at least for Fayette County) how many of these people you let out early caused more problems for the local citizens as well as law enforcement. Enjoy your time in office now because you're history next election.
  • by Mark Location: lexington on Oct 29, 2008 at 07:31 PM
    this is poor call on the part of the law in the state of KY i was charged once with a crim that was just a miscommucation between bus partners it was a mistmeaner charge but i stayed in jail alot longer than this guy did for such a vilont crim WAKE UP KY law and courts you are the laughing stalk of the whole country you are a joke u need to get your priortys stright and do it FAST
  • by clay on Oct 29, 2008 at 05:54 PM
    If you expect the system to protect you, change your meds. The Courts turn them loose, the jails turn them loose, and probation officials refuse to send them to prison
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Oct 29, 2008 at 05:26 PM
    Thornton robbed a Thornton's?
  • by John Location: Hukle II on Oct 29, 2008 at 02:58 PM
    I was just watching this story on 27.How in the world do people like this get out of jail so easy...Animals like this need to be shipped off to Iraq,Afghanistan for good...
  • by Laura Location: Nicholasville on Oct 29, 2008 at 09:25 AM
    I should have said will he stay in jail now? He stabbed a cab driver and got a plea deal. Now this. Ridiculous.
  • by Laura on Oct 29, 2008 at 09:21 AM
    Will he stay in jail now? He was the guy who stabbed the cab driver and got a plea deal.

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