Police Search For Person Of Interest In Arson Cases

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Updated: 1/10/2012 12:18 am
     "We've had fires in the building next to me.  It's scary," says Brittany Thomas.

     Thomas fears for her family's safety after the recent rash of arsons near her apartment complex, The Preakness.  She has a 6-month-old and a 2-year-old and says she's leaving before something tragic happens.
    
     "I'm moving.  I've been here for 2 years and I'm moving.  I've already got my apartment ready.  It's just, I gotta go.  My babies are more important than this place," explains Thomas.

     Investigators say in the past month alone, at least 8 fires have been intentionally set in the Alexandria Drive/Versailles Road area.  All of them occurred during the same time frame, between 2 and 5 in the morning. 

     "It started off with some dumpsters and it progressed to cars and that one night, there were four cars that were damaged.  And then it progressed up until this past Saturday morning to the occupied duplex up on Terrace View.  So, it's extremely concerning for us," says Major Mark Blankenship with the Lexington Fire Department.

     That's why Lexington's Police and Fire Departments joined together Monday to ask people in the community for help and investigators say they now have a person who they want to speak to in connection with the arsons.

     "A male black, 30 to 40 years of age, about 6 feet tall, clean-shaven, and the common thing they say is he has really white shoes.  For whatever reason, all of my people that have seen him say he's got really white shoes," explains Maj. Blankenship.

     While, investigators continue to search, those who live here, like Katrina Peach, are taking measures to try to stay safe.

     "We do not go out at night.  If we go out, we go out together.  Me, my daughter and my son or we just don't go out at all," says Peach.

     And she has a message for whoever is setting these fires.

     "How would they like it to have it done to them?  Have their car set on fire, their apartment set on fire, or their child threatened, their family threatened?" asks Peach.

     A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction in any of these arson cases.  Investigators say that it is also important to mention that people can leave tips anonymously by calling 859-253-2020.
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