Crime

Two armed robberies of women reported overnight in Lexington

Lexington police are investigating two armed robberies of women that were reported early Tuesday morning.

At 2:31 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Newtown Crossing Apartments on Foreman Avenue off South Broadway, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. The victim told police she was walking near the dead end of Scott Street when she was approached by two men ages 18 to 20. One man had a black revolver and ordered her to the ground.

The two took her backpack containing a white Hewlett-Packard laptop computer, keys and an iPhone 5. She said the two drove off toward Limestone in a dark "box style" car, Roberts said.

University of Kentucky police were notified about the robbery.

At 3:49 a.m., police were called to 175 North Mount Tabor Road about a second armed robbery, Roberts said.

The victim said she had just gotten out of her vehicle in a parking lot when she was approached by two men with handguns.

The two took her to a nearby commercial trash bin, manhandled her, and then one robber took off his shirt and put it over her head. The two tried to force her into a vehicle, but she fought them off. She was robbed of her purse.

Roberts had no information on whether the two robberies might be related.

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