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Carjacking suspect due in court

A suspect wanted in connection to a series of carjackings around Lexington is scheduled to answer to the charges in court Friday afternoon.

Lexington Police arrested Wesley Rutherford Wednesday afternoon. According to his arrest report for robbery he confessed to police on audio tape that he stole Cynthia Smith's car from the Home Goods parking lot on New Circle Road on Tuesday. Police say after the car theft he took one of Smith's checks to a bank and tried to cash it, leaving his ID behind. Smith told us she tried to stop him.

"I just couldn't believe that somebody was trying to take, I mean, that's part of somebody's livelihood, their transportation, their car," said Smith.

According to one warrant, Rutherford hit a victim with her car after stealing it from the Speedway gas station on South Limestone on July 5. The victim told police she was yelling at Rutherford to get out of her car, when he drove into her legs. The victim's torso ended up on the hood of the car.

He's now charged with both robberies, two counts of fleeing and evading, theft by unlawful taking, possession of a forged instrument, wanton endangerment and receiving stolen property.

The wanton endangerment charge comes from an incident Tuesday where police say an officer tried to pull over Rutherford in Cynthia Smith's car. They say Rutherford Sped away and almost hit an officer on a motorcycle.

Lexington police say they are continuing to search for other people who may have been involved in these thefts, but they say that process could take some time and so far there haven't been any additional arrests.

Investigators say Rutherford may be linked to as many seven carjackings -- all targeting women -- around Lexington.


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