Woman who was kidnapped at Lexington gas station was assaulted, police say

Police said this surveillance image showed Parico Coffey inside a Speedway station shortly before a kidnapping.
Police said this surveillance image showed Parico Coffey inside a Speedway station shortly before a kidnapping.

Police are looking for a man who they believe kidnapped a woman from a Lexington gas station and sexually assaulted her before she escaped early Tuesday.

Preliminary indications are that the abduction was a purely random act, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. She said the case is being investigated as a car theft, a kidnapping and a sexual assault.

Police identified the man as Parico Coffey, 21. They urged residents to call in with information.

Police said an armed man forced his way into the woman's 2003 Ford Taurus at the Speedway station near Versailles Road and Alexandria Drive in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday.

Then, about 5:45 a.m., police received reports of a woman in distress knocking on doors on the 1200 block of Bordeaux Drive and trying to report a car theft and kidnapping. Officers found the victim there.

Roberts said the woman was getting into the driver's side of her car to leave the Speedway. An armed man shoved her to the passenger's side of the car, got behind the wheel and drove away, Roberts said.

The man then drove to another location, where the assault occurred. Sometime after that, the woman escaped from the car and made her way to Bordeaux Drive, where she sought help, Roberts said. Police found the woman's car later Tuesday, abandoned in the parking lot of the Gardenside Shopping Center. Roberts said the case is unusual because of the apparently random nature of the abduction.

Tuesday afternoon, police circulated surveillance photos of two men inside the gas station moments before the kidnapping. They said the second man was with the alleged kidnapper just before the crime and might have information in the case or might have helped with the abduction.

Police Lt. Chris Young said Tuesday night that the second man, Dexter Watson, 23, was arrested on the 2400 block of Woodhill Drive Tuesday morning on charges unrelated to the abduction. Young said Watson was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and receiving stolen property. He also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear, Young said.

Contact police

Lexington police asked that anyone who has information in the case call police immediately. Tips can be called in to the main police phone number, (859) 258-3600, or the Special Victims Section, (859) 258-3700). Tips also can be sent to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020, or by texting "tips2020," plus a message, to 274637.