Crime

Suspect identified in two Lexington robberies

Security footage of the suspect in a robbery Wednesday morning at Forcht Bank on West New Circle Road.
Security footage of the suspect in a robbery Wednesday morning at Forcht Bank on West New Circle Road. Lexington Police Department

A Lexington man is being sought as the suspect in two robberies of businesses Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lexington police Wednesday afternoon that they have an arrest warrant for Kelly Ellsworth Cox, 35. Cox is charged with second-degree robbery.

The first robbery occurred just after 11 p.m. Tuesday at the Marathon gas station on North Broadway, according to police. A clerk told officers that a man picked up a case of beer, then brandish a knife and demanded money. The clerk complied, and the man ran in an unknown direction.

A man of a similar description entered the Forcht Bank on West New Circle Road about 9:10 a.m. Wednesday and demanded money from the tellers, according to police. After getting the money, the man left in a dark car with a red spare tire on the front passenger side.

The robber in both cases was described as a white man in his 20s or 30s with brown hair and a goatee, according to police. He was last seen wearing a large white T-shirt, and a blue-and-white baseball cap.

Anyone with information about Cox’s location is asked to call police at 859-258-3600.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be texted to 274637, submitted at Bluegrasscrimestoppers.com or called in to 859-253-2020.

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