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McCreary woman wanted in Pulaski armed robbery


Authorities in Pulaski and McCreary Counties are searching for a Whitley City woman in connection with a Monday night robbery attempt in Somerset.

Lenzee Michelle Cox, 33, is being sought for her alleged role in a robbery at a Somerset Goodwill store. The other suspect in the case, identified as Albert David Swihart, 49, of Somerset, reportedly shot and killed himself after officers cornered him.

According to the Somerset Police Department officers from the SPD and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of an armed robbery at the Goodwill store in the Tradewinds Shopping Center on U.S. 27 at around 8:12 p.m.

As units were responding to the call, a deputy came across the couple near the West Columbia Street railroad crossing.

Swihart fled on foot eastbound on the road and officers began a pursuit. A second officer cut the suspect off near the Park Avenue intersection.

The release from SPD states the suspect was clearly armed with a gun and retreated into a nearby driveway where he shot himself in the head. Swihart was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office.

As of press time Cox remained at large and the McCreary County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation by checking her residence and other possible locations where she may be hiding, but the suspect was not located.

Police also had increased presence at two local schools where Cox’s children reportedly attend in the event she attempts to pick up the children.

Cox, described as 5’6” tall, weighing 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information to the possible location of Leanzee Cox please contact 911, the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 376-2322, the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-878-6622 or the Somerset Police Department 24-Hour Crime Tip Line @ 606-676-TIPS.

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