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Arrest made in alleged home invasion

Lexington police said Friday afternoon they've arrested a Nicholasville man in connection with a home invasion near Shillito Park Wednesday night, and have an arrest warrant for the alleged getaway driver.

David J. Amole, 23, was charged with first-degree robbery. An arrest warrant on the same charge was obtained for Billy J. Leedy Jr., 31, of Nicholasville, according to police.

Lt. James Curless said Leedy was the getaway driver at a home invasion at an apartment at 3500 Beaver Place, near Nicholasville Road and Man o' War Boulevard.

The resident told police he shot one of the intruders, who later died at the University of Kentucky Hospital, after the men entered his apartment about 10:45 p.m. The resident was also shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The Fayette County coroner's office identified the alleged intruder, who died of a handgun shot to his chest, as Anthony L. Bell, 27.

Witnesses told police they saw the other alleged intruder running away toward Shillito Park. The man was described as about 6 feet, 3 inches tall and wearing a dark gray, hooded jacket.

Police say there were no signs of forced entry at the apartment. The resident opened the door after the two men knocked.

Lexington police asked that anyone with information call the Personal Crimes Section at (859) 258-3700 or Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020.

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