A Lexington police detective was pepper-spayed Thursday afternoon while chasing a shoplifting suspect at the Fayette Mall.
The detective was at the mall to get surveillance video from an earlier shoplifting case when he saw a man in Macy’s trying to steal merchandise, police said. He recognized the man as the suspect from the earlier shoplifting case he was at the mall to investigate.
When approached by the detective, the man sprayed him with pepper spray and ran from the store, police said. After a short chase, the detective caught him.
The man initially told police he was Anthony Dwayne Canada, but after he was fingerprinted officers learned he was Fay Williams-Slone, 41. Canada is Williams-Slone’s cousin, police said.
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Williams-Slone is charged with third-degree assault, first-degree robbery, using a false name and identity theft.
Paramedics checked the detective, but he did not need to go to the hospital.