Crime

Lexington man charged with stabbing health department dentist

Lexington police arrested a man Tuesday for allegedly stabbing a woman who works for the Fayette County Health Department.

Daniel B. Hale, 22, was charged with first-degree robbery. Police said the attack happened during a theft in the parking lot of the health department, at the corner of Loudon and Newtown Pike.

Candice Flener, a dentist, suffered stab wounds to the face, but the injuries weren't considered life threatening, according to the Associated Press.

Kevin Hall, a spokesman for the health department, said the employee was attacked in the rear parking lot as many employees were reporting for work about 7:45 a.m.

Hall said about a dozen employees either witnessed the attack or saw the aftermath; several helped carry her inside before an ambulance arrived. Employees gave witness statements to police and described her attacker, Hall said.

About 9:30 a.m., two people — Hale and a woman police did not identify — were taken to police headquarters for questioning. They were found on Blue Grass Avenue, about 2 miles from the site of the attack, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

Only Hale had been charged Tuesday afternoon. He was taken to the Fayette County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

Hall said the health department will consider increasing security in the form of hiring extra guards or asking for increased police patrols.

The health department was providing counseling to distraught employees Tuesday.

"It's been a very emotional day for her co-workers," Hall said.

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