Two men were charged after three robberies at businesses outside New Circle Road in eastern and southern Lexington early Monday.
The Waffle House on Richmond Road was robbed shortly before 2 a.m., Lt. Jeremy Tuttle said. A man with a blue bandanna over his face and wearing a blue shirt and pants entered the restaurant and demanded money. A handgun was visible in his front pocket. He was given cash and then ran off.
At 2:28 a.m., the Waffle House on Walden Drive was robbed by a man with a similar description. After getting cash, he possibly got into a Chrysler Town & Country van, Tuttle said.
Then, at 2:46 a.m., the Shell Station at 4096 Nichols Park Drive, near the Wal-Mart off Man o’ War Boulevard in south Lexington, was robbed. The description of the robber again was similar to those in the other two robberies. Money and cigarettes were taken in that robbery.
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Three people were taken into custody Monday by Lexington police but one was a 17-year-old girl who was not charged, Lexington police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said. Jail records indicated the trio were picked up on or near the Blue Grass Parkway and Versailles.
Adonis Patino, 20, was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of second-degree robbery.
Jorge Zuminga, 19, was charged with wanton endangerment, fleeing and evading police, and resisting arrest, Angel said.
A baby girl, the child of the 17-year-old, was also in the vehicle and was taken to a hospital as a precaution. The child was later released