Rewards offered for helping identify those engaged in criminal activity Saturday



By Becca Clemons

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said anyone who correctly identifies people in photos or video screenshots on can receive a $25 reward.

Lexington police officials said at a news conference Monday that they are working to identify and charge those who committed crimes during celebrations following UK’s Saturday night win over Louisville, and those who help could receive a reward.

Many of the photos on the site were taken during celebrations on State Street, where cars were flipped over and one was set on fire. Fireworks were also set off in that crowd and others, including on the corner of Woodland and Euclid avenues.

At a news conference Monday, Lexington police Chief Ronnie Bastin said photos and videos taken Saturday will be used in the coming week to identify and charge those who threw beer bottles at police and others, lit a car on fire and otherwise endangered others or damaged property.

He said some of the people in a video of a car being lit on fire on State Street Saturday will be charged with acts of arson and/or wanton endangerment once identified. Those identified as having thrown bottles at officers could be charged with wanton endangerment or assault.

“This behavior cannot and will not be tolerated,” Bastin said.

People can also report criminal activity from Saturday or in possible Monday night celebrations by calling Crimestoppers or Lexington police’s Bureau of Investigation at 859-258-3700.