A Lexington man has been indicted on a multitude of charges stemming from a violent home invasion and armed robbery that occurred in November 2023, according to Lexington news outlets [1]. This update brings more clarity to the case and highlights the severity of the alleged crimes.

Details of the Alleged Crime

Lexington police have linked Matias Vargas Cruz and Keneth Ruiz-Torres to the home invasion on Gerald Drive, where reports indicate a group of armed men terrorized residents. The indictment details a horrific scene: 11 people were held at gunpoint, one person was struck with a pistol, and cell phones and cash were stolen.


Vargas Cruz is facing a significant number of charges, including:

  • Two counts of First-Degree Burglary: This is a Class B felony in Kentucky, punishable by 10-20 years in prison, and applies when someone enters a dwelling unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime [2].
  • Second-Degree Assault: This is a Class C felony, carrying a sentence of 5-10 years in prison, and applies when someone intentionally causes serious physical injury to another person.
  • Ten counts of First-Degree Wanton Endangerment: This is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail, and applies when someone, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the safety of others, engages in conduct that creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person.
  • Kidnapping an Adult: This is a Class B felony, punishable by 10-20 years in prison, and applies when someone unlawfully imprisons another person.
  • Ten counts of Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process: This is a Class D felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison, and applies when someone attempts to deter or dissuade a person who is or may become a witness in a legal proceeding from giving testimony.

Importance of Legal Representation

These charges carry significant potential penalties. If you are facing similar charges in Kentucky, it is crucial to seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can:

  • Analyze the prosecution’s case and identify potential weaknesses.
  • Explore all possible defense strategies, including challenging the evidence or negotiating a plea bargain.
  • Advocate for your rights throughout the legal process.

About John Olash

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  1. Lexington 18 News
  2. Kentucky Revised Statutes: Link to Kentucky Revised Statutes on Robberies and Related Offenses: https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/statutes/statute.aspx?id=52951 (Please note this link is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice)