Charges for Boone County man upgraded to attempted murder

Derrick Clifton (Source: Boone County Sheriff's Department)
Derrick Clifton (Source: Boone County Sheriff's Department)

BURLINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A Burlington man is now facing charges of attempted murder after police say he threatened a woman with a knife while she was walking in a Boone County park.

Charges against Derrick Clifton, 38, were upgraded on Monday during a regular court appearance.

Clifton was originally arrested and charged on Jan. 18 for the incident that happened at Central Park on Camp Ernst Road.

Police say a 55-year-old Union woman was walking on a path when she was approached by a man who walked up to her brandishing a green knife and threatened to kill her.

The woman ran into Camp Ernst Road and flagged down a passing motorist, who called 911.

Responding deputies immediately set up a perimeter and shortly located Clifton as described by the victim standing in a tree line.

He was immediately taken into custody and charged with alcohol intoxication, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and stalking. The original stalking charge has since been dropped.

Clifton again is being held in the Boone County Detention Center in lieu of a $250,000 bond.

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