Lexington police add more photos to Web site seeking IDs of lawbreakers

jhewlett@herald-leader.comApril 10, 2012 

Lexington police have added about 20 more photos to the Web site IDThisperson.com in hopes of arresting more people involved in illegal activity during celebrations of University of Kentucky men's basketball wins in the NCAA Final Four and championship game.

On Tuesday, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said that by Monday, police had received about 60 tips generated from seven photographs taken during the celebrations that police had previously posted on the Web site.

"We have some good leads and we're going to be following up on those," Roberts said. "Our investigators and University of Kentucky police investigators are serious."

Roberts said there is a $25 reward when a person makes a positive identification of an alleged lawbreaker from photos taken during the March 31 and April 2 celebrations that were posted on the Web site.

Identifying suspects is done anonymously, so tipsters don't need to fear that someone will find out who made the identifications, Roberts said.

"We've got the evidence against the parties; we now just need to know who they are," she said.

UK police chief Joe Monroe said if any alleged suspects are UK students, their cases will be referred to the student affairs division's judicial affairs office to determine possible violations of the student code of conduct.

The university is taking a strong stance that illegal behavior is not going to be tolerated, Monroe said.

Police said there were more than 75 arrests during the celebrations, which brought thousands of people onto campus and downtown streets. Charges included disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and intoxication.

Daebrion Hopwood, 19, a UK freshman, was charged last week with second-degree arson, a felony. Hopwood's charge stems from a car being overturned and set on fire on State Street after UK's win over the University of Louisville in the Final Four. Hopwood was identified through photographs and videos that were posted on the Internet, police said. Investigators were looking for at least two other people thought to have participated in the fire.

The car fire was one of 120 nuisance fires, which included many couches set ablaze, during the two nights of celebration, according to the Lexington fire department.

Harold Calloway, 31, was shot in the foot during the revelry just after the Wildcats defeated Kansas to win UK's eighth national basketball title. Calloway's foot had to be amputated because of the extent of the injuries, police said.

Jennifer Hewlett: (859) 231-3308. Twitter: HLPublicSafety.

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