Home Invasion Spike

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

There have been seven home invasions in just 15 days in Lexington and police have made no arrests in those cases.

Police call it an alarming number. In one case, someone was shot; in another, a woman was locked in her own bathroom.

Now, police are trying to determine if the robberies random crimes or if the suspects know their victims.

"We do believe some of these cases are connected and that the victim's knew the suspects," said Sgt. Pete Ford.

Sgt. Ford says rarely are home invasions random crimes. However every once in a while, they do involve innocent victims.

"Most of the time the people that are victimized are victimized because of who they are, what they have or what they do," Sgt. Ford said.

The suspects took everything from cash, small electronics and in several of the cases drugs.

"On three occasions, drugs have been a factor in the home invasions and it could be the case in others too," said Sgt. Ford.

The home invasions have taken place on, Rose, Willard and West Maxwell streets and on Suburban Ct., New Orleans Dr., Malibu Dr. And Kirklevington. The first one happened on January 4th and the most recent one happened on Monday January 19th.

"We just want people to remain vigilent as we investigate these crimes, and if you don't know who's behind your door, don't open it," Sgt. Ford went on to say.

He says in all seven of the cases, the suspects used the front door to gain entry, by knocking on the door, and either the resident let the suspects or opened the door to see who it was.

Police believe the suspects also may be behind other robberies around the city, including robberies of businesses.

If you have any information about any of these home invasions. Call Crime Stoppers at (887) 970-2020. You don't have to give your name and you could receive a reward.

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  • by Kendra Location: Lexington, KY on Mar 4, 2009 at 01:22 AM
    I was a victim of the home invasion on Suburban ct. we had a gun and I tried to get to it but was shoved into the bathroom and held there while another man beat my boyfriend with a towel rod... sometimes owning a gun doesn't assure your protection unfortunately... then they took the gun after learning we had one and used it against us, so I guess sometimes they can be more dangerous than anything... But now we do not go to the door without it, nor do I answer the door alone, all 98lbs of me is not enough to do damage to men their size!
  • by cj on Jan 23, 2009 at 05:03 AM
    We are the recent victims of a car stereo theft and the officer that came to take the report stated that you can defend yourself (shoot if necessary)if they break inside of your house, but not outside. I'm sorry, but had I caught the perpetrators in the act of stealing my car stereo, I would still have it. The law is ridiculous and mainly protects the thiefs so they can keep robbing hard working people with a slap on the wrist. Times are hard right now and you can expect more crime to take place. People will be forced to take measures into their own hands if this continues.
  • by viewer 1 on Jan 23, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    I will shoot and ask later I found out a long time ago I would rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6 home owners need to get the idea that you must protect your self
  • by Henry Location: Lexington on Jan 22, 2009 at 10:45 AM
    To Larry. What do you mean by unload. That means to empty the weapon not by firing
  • by Lanny Location: East Ky on Jan 22, 2009 at 06:11 AM
    Get a concealed carry permit. I did 3 years ago and learned that you actually have more rights to protect yourself than most people realize. For example, if someone is setting fire to your house or barn you have the legal right to shoot first and ask questions later. Tree huggers who want to invite a thief in for tea, sorry. I don't bother anyone else, and my firearm says that you WON'T bother me. I'll easily give you a dollar, but I'll fight you over a nickel you steal from me.
  • by fnord Location: Lexington on Jan 21, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    I'd like to see a racial breakdown of the victims and suspects.
  • by To me on Jan 21, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    Anybody can sue anybody for any reason, that doesn't mean that they'll win. If someone breaks into my house, their next of kin can sue me after the smoke clears. That's a chance I'm willing to take.
  • by steve on Jan 21, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    You know how to stop a spike sit there till they kick your door in then pull your 44 magnum and call the funeral home and if they kick my door in they will not be able to sue their suing days will be over.
  • by justice on Jan 21, 2009 at 02:20 PM
    Liberals keep letting the thugs out of jail. They don't want them to be too uncomfortable. Until that changes and criminals fear the system instead of "work" the system, violent crimes will continue.
  • by neighborhood watch, LEX Location: LEX on Jan 21, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    My apt. was robbed 8-15-04. Rogers Rd. 4 guitars ...it was an isolated incident b/c they found and arrested one of the perps 2-3 months later in Shelbyville doing another job. Since then, I have moved. Burglary / home invasion is a network of crime that usually remains invisible until the event...which can turn out bad for all parties involved. I am a student at UK and am doing a study on NWPs (Neighborhood Watch Programs) in Lexington. At first, my professor didn't think it was that relevent to do such a study. How 'bout now? I obviously have a vested interest in this subject and would like to know more. An email will be sent by myself to my council district member immediately following this post. To the few who read these posts...please begin to activate your neighbors in SOME sort of effective surveillance measures. ALL will surely benefit. Oh....and to anonymous..(Jan 21st..10:38am) please liquidate your weapon. The war is overseas, man.
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