Robbery victim's wife: 'I could be planning his funeral, not our honeymoon'

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a scary moment for a man who was robbed at gunpoint in Lexington. What started as a normal day for two newlyweds on Wednesday, quickly turned violent. And the couple says this is not their first run in with crime while living along Lakeshore Drive.

Not knowing what the day held, newlyweds Jared and Allie started their Wednesday as normal.

"She was more shook up about it than I was," said Jared.

The couple didn't want to reveal their identities or their last name on camera but did share with us what happened that day.

"I left at about 7:30 to go to work," said Jared. "His vehicle was in the next driveway, and I was going to let him pull out."

Lexington Police tell us that other vehicle belonged to Brandon Ridley, 23. What happened next Jared says he never expected, saying Ridley was just asking for directions.

"And then the next thing I knew he pulled out a revolver and stuck it in my ribs and asked me to give him everything I had," said Jared.

He says he was robbed of $100 in cash at gunpoint, and Jared's wife didn't take the news lightly to say the least.

"He had to hold me up, and I was just hugging him and praising Jesus in the street," said Allie, who is Jared's wife.

It didn't take long for police to catch up with Ridley, arresting him at his home just down the street.

Since Jared was robbed on Lakeshore Drive five days ago, the newlyweds say things are looking up for them, starting with their honeymoon next week. The two got married back in November but never were able to take a honeymoon.

"We're going to the Bahamas!" said Allie.

Before they skip country, the couple says they'll be skipping town, moving out of Lexington Sunday afternoon.

"We were already planning on moving this weekend and that just kind of accelerated the process," said Jared.

"We are very blessed," said Allie. "I'm ready to get out of here."

And say they're thankful that things turned out the way they did.

"I could very easily be planning his funeral right now and not our honeymoon next week," said Allie.

Lexington Police were able to connect Ridley to another robbery just 15 minutes before on Woodland Avenue. Ridley faces two counts of first degree robbery.


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