Lexington police said they have extra officers around Fayette Mall on Friday morning for the roll-out of the Apple iPhone 6 after reports of an armed man at the mall Thursday night.
Police Lt. Mark Brand said officers extensively searched the mall about 11 p.m. Thursday but found no trace of a man with a gun.
"There was no threat to the mall," he said Friday morning.
A few hundred people were lined up inside the mall Friday when the phone went on sale at 8 a.m. The line stretched from the Apple store to the front entrance.
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Brand said there were two separate sightings Thursday night of a possible armed person at the mall.
Someone reported spotting an armed man beside a car in the parking lot, Brand said, and a security guard later reported seeing a man with a gun acting suspiciously in a hallway inside the mall, where guns are prohibited. It was unclear whether the separate sightings were of the same person, he said.
The second report, however, prompted a search of the premises. No armed man was found inside or outside the mall.
Fayette Mall was closed at the time, but Apple store employees were inside getting ready for the iPhone 6 sale Friday morning. A large number of people were gathered outside the mall to await the cell phone sale.
Brand said the extra patrols will help direct the large crowd on hand to buy the phone.