Crime

Woman, 78, beaten with hammer, stabbed in burglary

David L. Capps, Jr.
David L. Capps, Jr.

A Lexington man is accused of beating a woman with a hammer and stabbing her during an attempt to steal money and pills from her home Sunday night.

David L. Capps Jr., 44, is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and first-degree assault. He pleaded not guilty in Fayette District Court on Monday.

The woman, who has not been identified, does not have life-threatening injuries, police said.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said police were led to Capps by several of his acquaintances after police identified him in the news. Police arrested Capps at 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Investigators already were looking for Capps after a similar burglary Saturday night in which a 50-year-old woman was robbed and assaulted. During Saturday's robbery, "dozens of prescription medications" were stolen, Roberts said.

Police Lt. Chris Van Brackel said nothing was stolen Sunday.

According to a uniform citation filed in Fayette District Court, the 78-year-old victim identified Capps by name. The woman told officers Capps had done some home-improvement work and odd jobs around her house, Roberts said.

When Capps was located, his clothing was "soiled with blood," the document said.

Roberts said Capps probably knew the other victim because "he likely had prior knowledge that she had prescription medication."

Charges in that case are pending, she said.

Capps is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Fayette District Court on Sept. 28. He is being held at the Fayette County jail; bond has been set at $27,500.

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