by Heather Tomlinson
Local police are searching for two men who reportedly robbed and assaulted a woman at a local shopping center Monday evening.
Officers with the Somerset Police Department at around 8:30 p.m. Monday received a report that a woman had been robbed and assaulted in the parking lot of the Tradewinds Shopping Center, located just off U.S. 27 in Somerset.
The victim, a 21-year-old female, told officers she was walking to her car when two men approached her.
“One of the males demanded her purse, while the other stood by,” stated SPD Capt. Shannon Smith in a press release. “The victim tried to keep her purse, but one of the men struck her in the face.”
The female told officers the two men were wearing blue jeans and hoodies, and they both stood less than 6 feet tall and had thin builds.
According to the victim, and several witnesses nearby, the two suspects fled the scene in a light-colored SUV with a Kentucky registration plate after they took the victim’s purse.
The female was treated at the scene by the Somerset-Pulaski County EMS and transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Smith.
Smith said the young woman was leaving her workplace when the incident occurred.
“The victim was leaving her place of employment which may, at this point in the investigation, be unrelated to the incident that took place,” said Smith. “The investigation is ongoing and we won’t know what part, if any, the business played until the suspects are arrested and the case is closed.
“Until then, we ask for the public’s help,” Smith added.
The Somerset Police Department is asking that anyone who may have information about Monday night’s incident, or if they have information on who the suspects may be, contact them via the 24-hour tip line at (606) 676-TIPS.
Those with information may also use SPD’s See-Hear-Report anonymous text/email tip service. Compose a text message to “CRIMES,” and include your tip and the word “SOMERSETPD.” The See-Hear-Report tip service is also accessible on SPD’s Facebook page under “Submit A Tip.”
Callers and texters may remain anonymous.
“Someone knows these two guys were going to rob someone last night, or heard about this incident later,” Smith said. “Those are the people we want to hear from.”
The case is being investigated by SPD’s Criminal Investigation Division.