A Lexington man was arrested Thursday in Daviess County on a charge of pulling a machete in a hijacking attempt, according to media reports.
Billy Bowles, 24, is accused of causing many area schools and businesses to go on lockdown. He was charged with burglary and theft, according to 14 News.
Bowles was hitching a ride from Whitesville to the Ohio County line, but then demanded to be taken to Louisville, 14 News reported. The driver refused, and the two men began arguing. Eventually, they got out of the vehicle, and Bowles allegedly pulled the machete.
A passerby along Ky. 54 tried to intervene, and the attacker ran, police told 14 News.
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After about two hours of searching, authorities found Bowles behind a nearby Dollar General, the station reported. Police said Bowles might also have broken into a senior citizens center before the hijacking attempt.
There were lockdowns at Whitesville Elementary, St. Mary’s of the Woods and Whitesville Trinity until Bowles was arrested.