Man kills himself after Goodwill robbery in Somerset; police search for accomplice

Lenzee Michelle Cox
Lenzee Michelle Cox

Somerset police say a man and woman robbed a Goodwill store at gunpoint, and then the man killed himself after being cornered by police.

Somerset police were called to an armed robbery at the Goodwill in the Tradewinds Shopping Center on U.S. 27 at 8:12 p.m. Monday, according to a news release.

While officers and sheriff's deputies were still responding, a deputy came upon the suspects, later identified as Albert David Swihart, 49, of Somerset, and Lenzee Michelle Cox, 33, of Whitley City, at the West Columbia Street railroad crossing.

Police said Swihart ran east, only to be cut off by a police officer near the intersection of West Columbia Street and Park Avenue.

At that point, Swihart "retreated into the driveway of a West Columbia residence and shot himself in the head" with a handgun, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were still looking for Cox on Tuesday.

They said she should be considered armed and dangerous. She is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts may call the Somerset Police Department's tip line at 606-676-8477.