Police: Arrest Made After Man In Ski Mask Waves Fake Rifle In Hamburg

Posted at 12:55 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 12:55:33-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington police arrested a man for disorderly conduct Monday morning after responding to reports of an armed man in the city’s Hamburg neighborhood.

Joshua Grubbs, 42, is charged with second-degree disorderly conduct.

Lexington Police spokesman Lt. Jervis Middleton says police received a call about 9:30 a.m. about a man dressed in black clothes and wearing a ski mask "waving what appeared to be an assault rifle" near Men’s Warehouse store on Vendor Way.

Middleton says that when officers responded, the man dropped the gun and ran toward Best Buy. Grubbs was taken into custody without incident, he said.

Middleton said the gun turned out to be an Airsoft rifle that had been painted black in an apparent effort to make it look like a real gun.

Police say Grubbs is suspected of spray-painting Nazi symbols on the side of the Men’s Warehouse.

Middleton said Grubbs is known to Lexington police — he has multiple arrests — but added police were not aware of any ties to groups.