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Suspect in violent robbery arrested again

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Just two weeks after bonding out of jail, a man arrested for a violent robbery is back in jail again, accused of another crime.

Earlier this month, Lexington Police say Darrell Strunk, 35, tried to rob a towing company owner, but police say the victim ended up shooting him.

Police say it didn't take long for Strunk to land in trouble again.

Appearing by video from the Fayette County Jail, Darrell Strunk was back in court Thursday afternoon, on a theft charge, for stealing a truck early Wednesday morning, while driving on a suspended license.

Strunk has been in and out of jail numerous times since 1996, including for theft and robbery, not including this month's case.

On Thursday afternoon, we went to the house of the man who police call his latest victim, who also happens to be Strunk's father.

"The truck he took, was mine," Eugene Strunk said.

Eugene Strunk didn't say much, but told 27 NEWSFIRST his son has been using drugs since age 12.

"He's a good guy, he just ended up in the wrong crowd and drugs just took over," Strunk said of his son.

Labeled a persistent felon by the courts, somehow Darrell Strunk keeps getting out of jail.

During an earlier interview with Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson, the counties top prosecutor said, persistent felons like Strunk, are part of the five percent who keep committing crimes.

"Hell, there's a reason their in prison, and that's typically because they're repeat offenders," said Larson. "When their on the streets, they commit crime after crime after crime, and when their in prison, guess what? They don't."

Strunk will be in and out of court next month, facing multiple charges.

Besides this months robbery, according to court papers, Strunk is also a suspect in two other robbery cases in Nicholasville and Lexington.

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