Lexington police have accused a second man in a robbery case that broke after a clerk shot a would-be thief.
Edward Hale Jr., 35, was charged with robbery in connection with 15 robberies from January through April at restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores and from an individual, police said.
It is unclear what led police to Hale. He is lodged in the Fayette County jail on a $90,000 full cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in court May 22.
In February, Hale and Darnell Leon Thomas Jr., 30, were captured on surveillance video trying to rob the Tobacco Zone at 873 North Broadway, police said. The robbery turned violent as Thomas and Zara Adil, a store clerk, began to fight over Thomas' gun. Adil, 21, shot Thomas in the shoulder before he and Hale ran away.
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Thomas was charged with first-degree robbery March 3.
Last week, a Fayette County grand jury indicted Thomas on 14 counts of first-degree robbery. Hale was indicted on nine counts of first-degree robbery, and a third man, Thomas Eugene Riley, was indicted on one count of first-degree robbery, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and being a persistent felony offender.
Thomas was being held in the Fayette County jail on a $140,000 full cash bond. He's scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.
In addition to the Tobacco Zone, the places Hale is accused of robbing are: China Star at 196 North Martin Luther King Boulevard; Waffle House at 2749 Richmond Road; Tropical Food Mart at 2339 Woodhill Drive; Kroger Spirits at 704 Euclid Avenue; Speedway at 819 South Limestone; Dollar General at 1790 Bryan Station Road; Marathon at 313 West New Circle Road; Jimmy John's at 3130 Mapleleaf Drive; Speedway at 447 East New Circle Road; Dollar General at 401 Race Street; Game Stop at 524 West New Circle Road; Circle K at 3140 Pimlico Parkway; and Shell at 1975 Nicholasville Road.