Arrests made in string of early morning robberies

Matt Wickstrom

Two men have been charged following multiple armed robberies early Thursday morning near UK’s campus.

Lexington police have charged Demarco W. Cothron, 27, and David A. Ross, 25, with two counts of first degree robbery, one count of first degree burglary and one count of receiving stolen property. Police have also obtained an arrest warrant for Desmond Keys, 24, containing two counts of first degree robbery and one count of first degree burglary.

Officers first responded to a call in reference to a robbery at 1:30 a.m. Thursday near the 200-block of Arlington Avenue.

Two victims, ages 21 and 22, told police they were walking home from a grocery store when they were robbed near the corner of Maxwell Street and Woodland Avenue.

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The victims told police they were approached by a dark-colored SUV. Two African American men jumped out of the passenger side of the vehicle.

One suspect pointed a gun at the victims and demanded belongings, getting away with the victims’ cell phones, keys, wallets and groceries. It is unknown at this time if the victims are UK students.

Roughly 30 minutes later police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Waffle House at 2203 North Broadway.

Victims stated they saw three men exit an SUV, two of the men with handguns and the other an axe. The suspects removed the business’s cash register before fleeing.

Victims were able to supply police with the license plate number of the suspects’ vehicle.

A patrol officer spotted the vehicle from the Waffle House robbery around 2:30 a.m. at the Speedway gas station at the corner of Versailles Road and Alexandria Drive.

When the officer approached the vehicle four men attempted to flee. The officer managed to take one of the suspects into custody, with a second suspect found nearby soon thereafter.

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Investigators recovered several of the items reported stolen from the earlier robberies, and the vehicle the suspects were found in was reported stolen on Sunday.

During the investigation detectives also determined that the suspects were connected to the Check Exchange at 644 North Broadway. The incident took place at 1:55 a.m., just prior to the Waffle House robbery.

This investigation is ongoing. Police are working to locate Mr. Keys and identify additional suspects in connection with these cases.