September 20, 2012

Pulaski burglary suspects barricaded in Levi Jackson Park

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Three suspects in a Pulaski County burglary were taken into custody near Levi Jackson State Park on Wednesday night. The police barricade included efforts from more than 10 area agencies, cadaver dogs and helicopters.

Reports that at least one suspect could be at Finley’s Trailer Park, just past the intersection of U.S. 25 and Ky. 1006, sent more than a dozen members of the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office to the scene where the one-lane road was blocked in by cruisers. But when the Pulaski County detectives and Laurel Sheriff’s officials went to the door of the suspect’s supposed residence, no one came out.

Since firearms were taken in the Pulaski County burglary, local officials determined the suspect(s) could be armed. The Sheriff’s Special Response Unit Team, led by Lt. Rodney Van Zant, responded to the scene and soon released a “flash bang” into the trailer. Similar to a grenade, the flash bang is thrown inside an area where it makes a loud noise resembling a gun shot, then releases smoke that sets a screen for officers entering the area.

After searching the trailer, however, authorities learned the occupants may have been picked up by someone in a vehicle prior to their arrival and were in the heavily wooded area across U.S. 25-South in Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park.

Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Robbie Grimes located a female — 40-year-old Robin Asher of Waterworks Road. She was charged with resisting arrest during the chase through the park. She was also wanted on six different Laurel County warrants.

Two male suspects jumped a fence in the park and fled through the woods.  Covey Lynn Brock, 27, of Finley’s Trailer Park in London, was captured and charged with second-degree burglary in Pulaski County earlier on Wednesday.

Brock is a suspect in a series of burglaries in the area earlier that day.  In one incident, the homeowner was able to get the license number of Brock’s vehicle and report it to police. While cadaver dogs and helicopters continued to search the area of the park for the third suspect, Detectives Jason Back and Detective Brad Mitchell got information the third person could be on Ky. 1189, two miles south of London. Officers then located and arrested 35-year-old Marty Stewart of Copley Road in Lily. Stewart was charged with second-degree burglary from an earlier theft in Pulaski County, a bench warrant for manufacturing methamphetamine, failure to appear in court on a theft charge, numerous Laurel County Court indictments including persistent felony offender, fleeing and evading police, several traffic violations, and a warrant for flagrant non-support. He is also wanted in Bell County for failure to comply regarding some traffic violations.

Stolen items from the Pulaski County burglaries were discovered inside a residence in Finley’s Trailer Park.

Agencies assisting the search included the Laurel County and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Offices, Pulaski Air One, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Special Response Unit, Laurel County Detention Center, the London Office of the U.S. Marshal Service, Williamsburg Police Department and their K-9 dog, London Police Department, Laurel County Rescue Squad, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, and Laurel County Emergency Management.