Accused serial robber pleads not guilty

A man charged in robberies at more than a dozen Lexington businesses this year pleaded not guilty Monday to 16 counts of first-degree robbery.

Charles W. Davidson also is charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first-degree wanton endangerment and violating the terms of his parole.

Davidson, 22, of Lexington, was arrested Friday after an altercation with his girlfriend.

The woman told officers he had tried to run her off the road, crashing into her car twice. She said Davidson had a handgun in the car, according to a filing in Fayette District Court.

The handgun was found in the parking lot of Home Depot on Richmond Road, the document said.

The woman told officers that Davidson was responsible for the robberies, police have said.

While being interviewed, Davidson admitted to robbing two Southern Rays Tanning studios, Corleoni's Pizza, Sun Tan City, Little Caesar's Pizza, Super Cuts hair studio, two Subway Restaurants, Wendy's, Great China Restaurant, Arby's, Waffle House, two Sir Pizza restaurants, China Kitchen and Marco's Pizza, all in Lexington, according to court documents.

Davidson was paroled in March from Eastern Kentucky Correctional Center after serving about three years of a seven-year sentence for second-degree robbery and one year for third-degree arson, according to Lisa Lamb, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

A warrant was issued for Davidson after he "absconded from parole supervision," Lamb said.

Davidson was being held at the Fayette County jail, with bond set at $177,500.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 9.