Lexington Family Dollar robber bit bystander in order to escape, police say

jkegley@herald-leader.comFebruary 27, 2013 

Lexington police were looking for a man who reportedly bit a bystander while escaping from the scene of a snatch-and-grab robbery.

The crime occurred about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Family Dollar on Waller Avenue, Lt. Roger Holland said. The man reached across the counter, grabbed a handful of cash and ran.

A bystander grabbed the man and tried to hold him until police arrived. "He actually bit the person in order to try to get away, which he did," Holland said.

Witnesses saw the man get into a silver sport-utility vehicle and provided the license plate number to police. Officers were searching for the vehicle's owner Wednesday night.

Investigators said they think the man might be the same person who robbed a Cricket Wireless store on Versailles Road earlier in the day, Holland said.

In that earlier case, the suspect acted as if he were going to buy minutes for his cell phone. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, he said he had a weapon and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (859) 258-3600.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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