Man pulls knife during shoplifting incident

Oct. 3 update - Thanks to assistance from the community, the suspect who pulled a knife during a shoplifting incident at a Lexington TJ Maxx store has been identified as 35-year-old James A. Oakley, Jr., of Nicholasville. He has an active warrant for Robbery 1st.


The Lexington Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a man who was caught on camera pulling a knife after stealing clothes from a local store.

On Monday, September 17, officers were dispatched to the TJ Maxx store on W. Lowry Lane for a robbery report. The loss prevention employee reported that an unknown white man was spotted leaving the store wearing pants, a belt, and a white t-shirt, all of which he had not paid for. When approached by the loss prevention employee, the suspect pulled out a knife from his pocket and threatened the employee before fleeing the store.

Police today released surveillance video of the incident in an effort to identify the suspect as well as the woman who was with him. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Lexington Police at (859) 258-3600.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or