LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A man accused of robbing an Uber driver early Sunday morning is expected to be in court Monday.
Police arrested 45-year-old Javier Lanza Paz and charged him with first-degree robbery and public intoxication after a bizarre chain of events on Lexington’s southwest side.
Authorities tell LEX 18 that Paz ordered an Uber driver around 2:30 a.m. near Beaumont Circle off Harrodsburg Road. Police say he 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. The Uber driver did not suffer serious injuries.