UPDATE: Lexington Police identify suspect in possible hate crime

UPDATE: (2/5/2020, 1:52 p.m.) –

The Lexington Police Department says they have identified the man seen in surveillance video committing a possible hate crime at Walmart.

Police did not release the name of the man because he has not been charged.

The department says the investigation is ongoing.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police want to find a man who they say may have committed a hate crime when he grabbed the neck of a woman who was working at a local store.

Police say the incident happened on Wednesday, January 29 at the Walmart on New Circle Road.

According to police, a third-party vendor working inside the store told police that a man approached her table after she asked him a question, made motions with his hands, which he said was for making “a noose.” Video shows the man then lunging forward and briefly putting both of his hands around the woman’s neck.

Police say the woman was working on behalf of Spectrum. ABC 36 News reached out to the cable company and received a statement. It says, “We are very concerned about the treatment of our representative and are actively working with Lexington Police as they investigate this individual,” said Mike Pedelty, Spectrum Spokesperson.

Investigators say they are looking into this as a hate crime since the woman was African-American and the man was white.

Police released surveillance video in an effort to identify the suspect.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

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