UK Police issues crime bulletin, Lexington Police investigating four near-campus crimes



By Brian Shlonsky

UK Police issued a crime bulletin Monday evening after Lexington Police notified the department that it is investigating four crimes near the UK campus.

Three of the crimes being investigated happened over the past weekend.

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said Lexington Police notified UK Police Monday morning and immediately UK Police began steps necessary to send out a notification to the UK community.

“We try to go well above to keep students informed,” Monroe said.  “We are only required by law to notify when a crime occurs on campus, but we voluntarily do so to try and keep students safe.”

The crime bulletin listed these crimes as currently being investigated by Lexington Police. All four occurred within a few blocks of the UK campus.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, on Aylesford Place around 4 a.m., an attempted sexual assault of two female UK students was reported, according to the e-mail. The suspect was described as a white male in his late 20s with a short beard. He was wearing dark clothing and a backwards baseball cap. He was described as about 5’9 with a stocky build.

On Saturday, at 354 Foreman Ave., around 2:30 a.m., a woman reported being assaulted upon entering her apartment by an unknown suspect. She received severe injuries, including a skull fracture, according to the e-mail. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a blue UK hat, a blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, and he was carrying a drawstring bookbag.

Also on Saturday, at 354 Foreman Ave., around 3:30 a.m., a woman awoke to find an unknown subject in her apartment, according to the e-mail. After the suspect left, she noticed items in her apartment missing. The suspect is described as a white male, between ages 20 and 35, 6 feet tall with a medium build, short brown hair and a thin mustache. He was wearing all black.

On Sunday, on Montmullen Street, around 6:40 a.m., a man awoke to see a flashlight shining in the hallway and found an unknown male suspect in his home. The suspect then fled on foot, according to the e-mail. The suspect is described as a white male, between ages 18 to 28, 6’1, 180 pounds, and he was wearing all black and a heavy coat.

Monroe said a UK Alert was not sent out for any of the crimes this weekend because they occurred off campus, and UK Police weren’t notified until Monday morning.

On September 21, UK Police issued a UK Alert following two robberies that occurred within minutes of one another, both of which occurred off campus.  However, Monroe said they were notified in time and able to send out an Alert.

“We felt as if the two robberies in that instance were related, that’s why we put out the alert,” Monroe said. “They occurred less than five minutes apart and less than two blocks away.”

The crime bulletin said those with any information about the crimes being investigated should contact Lexington Police at 859-258-3600.