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Police search neighborhood for wanted fugitive

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Investigators combed a Lexington neighborhood Monday morning, searching for a wanted fugitive.

Lexington Police say Mark W. Banks, 44, is wanted for a parole violation, a felony burglary charge, and wanton endangerment.

Police say they believe Banks is also connected to the overnight burglary at Subway on Versailles Road. It was broken into and a cash safe was stolen.

Investigators say he led police on a chase after being spotted in a stolen vehicle around 3:30 a.m. at a Thornton's gas station on South Broadway,

Banks took off in the vehicle, which was later found abandoned on the Picadome Golf Course on Parkway Drive.

Investigators centered their search on nearby Addison Avenue, where neighbors watched as police used k-9 units and flashlights in their backyards.

"I hope they catch him soon. Soon than later," said John McBride, who lives on Addison Avenue.

"'Honey, he said, there's cops everywhere and I said well what happened?' And he said, 'Well, some guy stole a car, he said it's kinda scary out here,' And I said, 'Well thank god I'm in the bed asleep,'" said Betty Tillett, who also lives on Addison Avenue.

Police told WKYT that Banks likely is not armed or dangerous.

Search dogs and a police helicopter were used in the search.

Banks was still missing when police began leaving the scene just before 7 a.m.


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