Lexington Police Say Man Punched, Robbed Uber Driver

Posted at 8:32 AM, Oct 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-28 08:36:47-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Police responded to an apparent robbery early Sunday morning on Lexington’s southwest side that touched off a bizarre chain of events.

Police arrested 45-year-old Javier Lanza Paz and charged him with first-degree robbery and public intoxication.

Authorities tell LEX 18 that the man ordered an Uber driver around 2:30 a.m. near Beaumont Circle off Harrodsburg Road. Police say the man punched the driver in the back of the head, stole a $20 bill from his hand and bolted from the car.

Officials said he ran into a nearby Speedway and tried to hide in a walk-in beer cooler.

A Speedway employee said the man was visibly intoxicated.

Authorities quickly took the man into custody.