Man accused of robbing 16 Lexington businesses

A Fayette County grand jury has indicted a man accused of robbing 16 Lexington businesses between Oct. 6 and Nov. 25.

The indictment charges Charles William Davidson, 22, with 16 counts of first-degree robbery; a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun; two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment; and one count of being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Most of the businesses Davidson is accused of robbing are eating establishments, including Sir Pizza, Subway, Wendy's, Arby's, Waffle House and China Kitchen. He also is accused of robbing hair salons and tanning-bed businesses.

Davidson was arrested Nov. 26 after an altercation with his girlfriend. She told officers he had tried to run her off the road, intentionally crashing his vehicle into hers, and that he had a handgun in his car. She also told police that Davidson was responsible for the robberies, police have said.

According to the indictment, Davidson was charged with wanton endangerment for recklessly operating a motor vehicle on or about Nov. 25, creating a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to Daniel Ray Bailey and Tiffany Crowe.

Davidson was paroled in March after serving time for second-degree robbery and third-degree arson, according to the state department of corrections. Those felonies led to the persistent felony offender charge.

Davidson has admitted to police that he robbed the 16 Lexington businesses, according to court documents.

He is in custody under a $182,500 full-cash bond and is to be arraigned in Fayette Circuit Court on Jan. 20.