Lexington police released surveillance photos of a couple who they say might have information about a stabbing that occurred early Saturday.
Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said Monday afternoon that officers hoped the couple would recognize themselves in the photos and come forward or that someone else would recognize them and notify police.
"We simply want to talk with them," Roberts said.
The surveillance pictures, showing a couple walking hand in hand, were taken in the South Limestone area about the time the stabbing occurred Saturday morning, Roberts said.
She also confirmed Monday that the stabbing occurred after the victim and another person got into a heated verbal altercation that escalated into a fistfight.
The victim was stabbed multiple times in the back and chest about 1:45 a.m. Saturday outside Two Keys Tavern on South Limestone, according to police. Roberts said Two Keys was not involved.
Roberts said she didn't think the victim had been inside the tavern.
The victim is recovering at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, Roberts said. He was awake and coherent when police talked with him Sunday night, she said.
He is not a UK student, Roberts said.
Anyone who recognizes the couple is asked to call police at (859) 258-3700 and ask for the personal crimes section, Roberts said.
Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.