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Man's screams fend off armed attackers in the Highlands

Thomas Carrier (Source: WAVE 3 News) Thomas Carrier (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Sgt. Jamey Schwab (Source: WAVE 3 News) Sgt. Jamey Schwab (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A weekend assault in the Highlands has police reminding those in the area safety exist in numbers.

"Overall our crime numbers are down in the 5th Division but this does happen," said LMPD 5th Division Sgt. Jamey Schwab. "Often times it's a crime of opportunity. Somebody walking alone, maybe not familiar with the area."

"These two guys came up to me and punched me to the ground," recalled Highlands resident Thomas Carrier.

Monday a bright red mark remained beneath his left eye, following a late Friday night attack near Bardstown Road and Patterson Avenue. Carrier said while walking home alone after a night out with friends things quickly took a dangerous turn for the worse.

"One of them said, 'give me the money,'" said Carrier. "The other one grabbed my foot and started to drag me off in this direction."

After noticing a weapon, Carrier said he knew he had to attract help and fast.

"There was a knife over by where they had punched me," said Carrier. "Just from me screaming at the top of my lungs they both let go and took off in that direction."

LMPD 5th Division detectives investigating the case believed it may have been connected to a purse mugging at Edenside and Bardstown on July 3. Despite the open cases, Sgt. Schwab said violent crime is not common in the area.

"Our robbery of person," began Sgt. Schwab, "we have 24 for this year compared to 21 last year. So it's not something that I would say is an epidemic."

Instead, the Highlands area tends to see more crimes of opportunity Sgt. Schwab said the public can largely help prevent.

"We see a lot of property crimes. We see a lot of thefts. We see a lot of thefts from autos," said Sgt. Schwab. "Make sure that you're aware of your surroundings."

It's advice Carrier has taken to heart since his attack. He now opts to walk with a friend when possible, and with pepper spray when not.

According to Sgt. Schwab no arrests have been made in the weekend attack. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 574-LMPD.

View the graphics in this story to see a breakdown of crime statistics for popular entertainment areas near 4th Street Live!, the Highlands and St. Matthews.

To pinpoint crime by area using LMPD's crime map, click here.


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