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Uneaten Little Caesars pizza helps Lexington police identify suspect in robbery

Leonard McDonald
Leonard McDonald Lexington Police Department

Lexington police have identified a robbery suspect thanks to a pepperoni pizza he left behind.

On Tuesday, officers were dispatched to an apartment on Centre Parkway, where a victim said he was getting out of his car with two pizzas from Little Caesars when he was approached by a man and a woman, police said.

The man pointed a gun at the victim and took cash from the victim’s pockets along with one of the two pizzas, according to a release from police.

Police located the woman, 33-year-old Tommie Rodgers, who matched the victim’s description. She initially stated she did not know the armed robber, but later said Leonard McDonald was her boyfriend and that he was inside her apartment nearby.

Police entered the apartment and found McDonald’s clothes and an uneaten pepperoni pizza from Little Caesars, it said in a release. Surveillance video from outside the apartment showed McDonald, 38, had been in possession of the pizza just after the robbery occurred, police said.

Rodgers was charged with hindering prosecution, but police are still searching for McDonald. Robbery and firearm possession warrants have been issued for McDonald who is a convicted felon, police said.

Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling 859-258-3600

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-252-2020 or www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

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