Fayette County

AK-47, body armor, doomsday supplies led to alarm in Walmart lot

Wal-Mart on Richmond Road in Lexington, Ky.
Wal-Mart on Richmond Road in Lexington, Ky. Lexington

By showing a friend their doomsday weapons and body armor while parked at a Lexington Walmart, a couple alarmed an observer who summoned officers, according to new details police released Monday about the incident getting national exposure.

Responding to a report of a car full of men in body armor with semi-automatic weapons at the Richmond Road Walmart Saturday night, officers found two men, one in body armor; a 20-year-old woman; and a 6-month old baby.

The three told police they were preparing for doomsday and needed supplies, said Lt. Jackie Newman. A 26-year-old man and the woman were in the car with their 6-month-old baby and a 19-year-old man, police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said Monday.

The older man had just bought a bulletproof vest, a semi-automatic AK-47 and a .357 Magnum revolver, Angel said. The guns were purchased at a local gun shop and the vest was bought at an Army surplus store.

The man was wearing the vest, and both weapons were loaded and visible in the vehicle. He told officers that they had recently received a settlement from a car crash and used the money to buy tactical gear “should the end of days occur or should there be an Armageddon-type situation,” Angel said.

A license is not required to have semi-automatic weapons in a car, police said.

The older man man and the woman had driven to Walmart to show the younger man their new gear, Angel said. None of the three went inside the store. No other guns were in the car.

Police found a small amount of marijuana in the car.

All three voluntarily went to police headquarters for questioning that night, Lt. Richard Willoby said. The three cooperated with police, and no charges were filed.

Willoby said police took photographs of the car and the weapons to complete a report to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services because of the infant in the car.

“There appeared to be nothing criminal,” Willoby said. “They’re in the mindset of preparing for the end of the world, accumulating weapons and things like that, but the weapons appear to be legally owned.”