LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Lexington Police said they have no leads in an unsettling crime on the city’s southside. A same-sex couple woke up one day this month to find someone had set fire to their Pride flag.

Now, police are turning up the heat by reaching out to Crime Stoppers to identify the two young men who were caught on camera.

“It should shake the core of everybody that lives in this area,” said detective Anthony Delimpo. And, it seems it did. Because within hours of it happening, folks in James Wilson’s Laredo Drive neighborhood, left colorful messages of hope and solidarity.

“We’ve determined this was done, specifically as a hate crime,” said Delimpo. “They targeted this individual and obviously didn’t like the flag or what this individual was standing for. And, specifically burned it for that reason.”

The couple’s doorbell camera captured the moment two young men set fire to it. Both of them held lighters and lit it on fire, while at least one of them had a camera out.


“It doesn’t sit well with us at all,” Delimpo said. “One of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quotes was ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to freedom everywhere.’ And, people should be very upset by this. We’re very upset by this. And, we’re going to do all we can to find out who did it.”

Lexington police believe the men are between 16 and 20 years old. If you know who they are, call the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 859-253-2020 or go online to p3tips.com.