Two men face multiple charges in a recent series of violent robberies in Lexington, and police said Tuesday that they think the two are involved in other cases.
Quincinio Deonte Canada, 22, and Dawan Qaadir Mulazim, 31, are charged with first-degree robbery, assault and being persistent felony offenders, according to an indictment filed Tuesday in Fayette Circuit Court.
The indictment also charges Shalonda Faye Smith Mulazim, 36, with tampering with evidence. She is married to Dawan Mulazim.
All the charges stem from four violent robberies in Lexington that occurred between June 15 and July 17, including one in which a victim was shot and wounded.
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Lt. Brian Maynard said during a media briefing Tuesday that police think the two men also are involved in other crimes, and investigators hope that witnesses — who might have been afraid to contact police before the men's arrest — will come forward.
"This summer, we have had an increase in violent crimes, and we believe these two individuals are responsible for some of them," Maynard said of Canada and Mulazim.
"We would like witnesses who may have information and may have been scared to come forward ... to know that the suspects are locked up, and we hope they are going to be incarcerated for a while," he said.
Canada and Mulazim have been held in Indiana since late July, when they were arrested after a violent robbery in Louisville. Shalonda Mulazim had been in the Fayette County jail, but she was released on bond, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
The Fayette indictment charges Canada with four counts of first-degree robbery, one count of first-degree assault and one count of being a persistent felon.
Dawan Mulazim is charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, one count of tampering with evidence, and one count of being a persistent felon.
Canada and Mulazim have previous felony convictions in Fayette County dating back several years, according to court records.
Police said the robberies cited in the indictment occurred June 15 at the Quality Inn on Newtown Court; July 8 at Barnes Insurance on Winchester Road; July 11 at 726 Terrace View Drive, in which a man was wounded in the arm; and July 17, when two people were robbed on East Second Street.
Maynard said police think the four cases were crimes of opportunity — the suspects did not know their victims. Several similar crimes occurred over the summer, he said.
Police said they think Canada worked alone during the July 11 robbery and shooting on Terrace View, Maynard said.
"We believe there are several other violent crimes that they have committed, violent robberies that again were crimes of opportunity," he said. "We believe there are some victims that have not come forward; we know there are witnesses that have additional information. So we're asking that they come forward."
Maynard said the two men also are suspected in robberies outside Fayette County, possibly including one in Grant County.
"We think victims may not have come forward out of fear of retaliation ... or were simply overwhelmed by the crime itself and did not want to come forward," Maynard said. "We hope this will give them the reassurance that they can come and talk to us."