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Police are searching for man who tried to abduct a woman Thursday in Lexington.

They say 30-year-old Pleas Kavanaugh tried to take the woman at knife point Thursday at the downtown transit center.

The 25 year old was 5 months pregnant and police say she was not hurt.

He's also accused of a robbery at West High and South Upper in October. Police say a woman was waiting for a ride around one or two in the morning at that intersection, when Kavanaugh assaulted and robbed the woman, she walked away with minor injuries.

Detective Rob Sarrantonio with Lexington Police say both victims were able to pick her picture out of photo line-up.

Police consider Kavanaugh armed and dangerous.

Late Friday afternoon, Kavanaugh called the newsroom from a withheld number wanting to tell his side of the story.

"None of this is true," He says.

He claims that Lexington Police have been constantly looking for excuses to lock him up, after he tried to sue the department.

"Once I filed the lawsuit it's gotten even worse. I was again harassed, harassed, harassed."

Kavanaugh says it stems from an arrest five years ago, when he was in college.

"I was acquitted of the crime."

According to court records Kavanaugh was arrested for a sex crime back in 2004. Now he's wanted again.

We asked him if he planned to turn himself in, he said yes but at the advice of an attorney he will wait until Tuesday.

"I'm not hiding away," he says, "If they grab me and put me in a cell I'm helpless."

Police say he's considered armed and dangerous. Crime-stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for any information leading to an arrest.

The crime-stoppers number is (859) 253-2020. You don't have to leave a name to receive the tip.

Pleas Kavanaugh says he has an alibi for the crime at the bus stop, saying he was at his apartment and his landlord can back him up.


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