LMPD looking for suspect after 8UP robbery

It was a frightening morning inside the popular rooftop bar and restaurant called 8UP, a business inside the Hilton Garden Inn, where an armed robbery occurred.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS) --  Louisville Metro Police are searching for a suspect after a robbery at 8UP Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen Monday morning around 5:20.

According to police, employees were getting ready for the breakfast crowd at the restaurant and bar on the top floor of the Hilton Garden Inn downtown when a man came into the restaurant and demanded money, making off with an undisclosed amount.

Police are not giving many details at this time but did confirm an employee was taken to University of Louisville Hospital with minor injuries. LMPD could not confirm whether the suspect was armed.

"This is a very unusual incident, very isolated," Rebecca Matheny, the executive director of Louisville Downtown Partnership, said. "I do wonder kind of why."

According to Matheny, violent crime is rare in this part of town.

"The kind of crime that usually happens downtown is people leave their cell phones or they leave their computers or they leave their purses in their car visible and it's more smash-and-grab or more opportunistic crime," she said. "This was definitely not that."

The Downtown Louisville Partnership, which has an agenda to promote downtown Louisville to businesses, residents, and visitors, said the incident does not represent downtown, hoping people will look past the robbery and pay attention to the many projects, new businesses, and retail and dining options in the area.

"There's a vibrancy here now that it's about restaurants and it's about people staying after work and it's about people coming back after work," she said.

According to Matheny, Downtown Louisville Partnership also has good working relationships with LMPD, which has a special patrol that keeps a keen eye on the central business district.

"We also have probably more cameras downtown, more monitoring of potential problems than anywhere in the city," she said.

The robbery comes just days before many families are expected to arrive downtown for Light Up Louisville, the city's kickoff to Louisville's holiday season. In a news conference held Monday afternoon, officials said they had already planned to have a visible presence of police officers at the event even before Monday morning's incident, among several other safety and security plans.

"We've made some changes from last year, some we've done to make everyone feel safe and comfortable, and those are things you may not necessarily notice, but we want to make sure it's a safe environment for everybody," Louisville Metro Police Lt. Jill Hume said.

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen issued a statement Monday morning which reads in part:

"This morning has been a very difficult one for our team. The safety and security of our guests and staff is always the highest priority for us. We are working closely with the Louisville Metro Police Department to help in any way they need."


 

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