Bluegrass Crime Stoppers

Police need help identifying man who robbed 86-year-old woman

She was just trying to help out a man who showed up at her door, claiming he ran out of gas. But when she went to get a gas can, he put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.

Investigators never found the man who showed up June 4 at 86-year-old Nellie Rhorer’s home on the 4800 block of Athens-Boonesboro Road near Interstate 75. Rhorer said the man was white, about 5-foot-10, 150 pounds and in his 40s.
The man told Rhorer needed to use the phone because he had run out of gas. Rhorer could not see the man’s vehicle beyond nearby shrubbery. The man made a few calls, then asked her whether she had some gasoline.

Rhorer closed the front door and went out the back door to a shed in the rear of the house, where she kept the lawn mower and gasoline.

She didn’t realize the man had left the front porch until he shoved her from behind while she was getting the gas.

He had a knife.

The man followed her into the house, went into the kitchen, grabbed her purse and left through the front door. Rhorer, who was not injured, called police.
With the purse, the robber got more than $600 cash, jewelry and Rhorer’s prescription eyeglasses, among other items.

Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or Lexington Police detectives at (859) 258-3700.

Wanted person of the week

Melanie L. Hamilton

Age: 39

Date of birth: 3/24/69

Height: 5’02”

Weight: 125 lbs

Wanted for: Three counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument

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