Bank robbery suspect on the loose after standoff situation at Lexington apartment complex

The robbery happened Monday morning at the 5/3 Bank on Walden Drive, in the Tates Creek area.
Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 11:01 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A bank robbery suspect is on the loose in Lexington.

The robbery happened Monday morning at the 5/3 Bank on Walden Drive, in the Tates Creek area.

Police said the suspect had a firearm and handed the employee a note demanding money. They said the employee complied, and the suspect fled the scene with a small amount of money.

When we first arrived on the scene, around 10:30 a.m., police were actively investigating the bank. There was a police helicopter circling overhead and K-9s searching the area. Several K-9s and police units were also surrounding the church just across the street from the bank.

Shortly before noon, most of the police presence quickly moved to an apartment complex on Tates Creek Road, also across the street from the bank. More police units continued to arrive and eventually, SWAT units arrived on the scene as well.

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Police escorted several residents out of the area. Then, officers asked the resident of a specific unit to come out with their hands up. The standoff situation lasted for about three hours before officers made entry into the home. However, no one was found inside.

Our reporter at the scene says police units then left the area.

People who live in the area said incidents like this make them feel unsafe and that this isn’t the first time police have been to the complex.

“It makes me feel unsafe just because I come from a lot of trauma in my life, so for me it doesn’t make me feel very safe, and it’s not just that apartment, there’s other apartment buildings here,” neighbor Alicia Haven said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Lexington Police at (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at www.p3tips.com.

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