A man was charged Wednesday in connection with the overnight robberies of two women outside Lexington Walmarts.
Derrick Lamont Green, 23, was being held Wednesday in the Fayette County jail on two counts of first-degree robbery, according to the jail website.
About 11:30 p.m. Tuesday a Lexington police officer was flagged down at an Elkhorn Drive gas station by a woman who had just gotten off work at the nearby Hamburg Walmart, according to police. The woman told the officer she’d been waiting to cross the street near Winchester Road when two men, both about 20 years old, got out of a light-colored Dodge Charger and pushed her to the ground.
The two men reportedly took the woman’s purse, got back in the car and drove outbound on Winchester Road, according to police.
About an hour later, officers were called to a reported assault outside the Walmart on Nichols Park, according to police. A woman was walking from the store back to her vehicle when she was grabbed from behind and struck in the face by two people wearing hooded sweatshirts.
The woman fell to the ground after being hit and the two suspects took the items she’d bought, according to police. Two witnesses told police that the suspects fled in a light colored, possibly tan, Dodge Charger with lightly tinted windows. One of the witnesses was able to describe the vehicle’s tag to officers.
The victim in the second robbery was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital to be evaluated for minor injuries, according to police.
At about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, two hours after the second robbery, an officer saw a light-colored Dodge Charger with tags matching the suspected vehicle at the Marathon gas station at the corner of Russell Cave and New Circle roads. Investigators found Green in the vehicle and were able to connect him with both of the earlier robberies, according to police.
The investigation is ongoing and police are working to identify other possible suspects.