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Call for more police patrols at Lexington Park

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - There's concern tonight about just how safe families are at a popular park.

We've been tracking reported robberies at Lexington's Woodland Park, two reported crimes in a week. Now city officials are calling for more police at the park.

The latest, last night, involved a teen who was even bitten by the gunman.

Lexington Police say the 17-year-old boy was hit in the face and bitten before the thief got away with his cash. He suffered minor injuries.

Last week, Many people were in the area at the time for the opening night of Ballet Under the Stars.

Lexington police say in that case, a man on a bicycle pulled a gun on a young couple and got away with a cell phone and wallet.

"If someone's pointing a gun at you and wanting money, it's normally best to just cooperate with them," said WKYT's Officer Don Evans.

Evans a former Lexington homicide detective says park robberies are more random than they are common.

"Now in this case, there appears to be a pattern here," Evans said. "And that has to be addressed. If you plan to visit Woodland Park, you should be aware of what's going on here right now."

Evans recommends people be aware of their surroundings and travel in groups, especially at night, and in well-lit areas.

"Crime can happen anywhere. You need to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or persons," he said.

In both cases, police say the robber was a black man with a stocky build, about 5'8", 140 pounds and was on a bike. Police say they're also investigating to see if the bike used in the crime was stolen.

Police have not made any arrests. If you have any information, you can call Lexington police are Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020.


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