By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Just shy of two months after he allegedly robbed an East Bernstadt store, a Gray man was indicted on the charges.
Christopher Raymond Disney, 33, of 84 Shady Brook Lane, now faces charges of first-degree robbery, tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender in a three-count indictment returned by a Laurel grand jury last week.
Disney’s latest round with the law came after an unidentified male subject entered the A & B Quick Stop on Ky. 3434 in northern Laurel County around 8:40 p.m. on Dec. 19 and demanded money from the clerk on duty. The subject brandished a pistol at the clerk during the robbery, and made off with $925. He was seen leaving the store in a dark-colored vehicle.
The robber was wearing a black ski mask, camouflage jacket, blue jeans and brown boots. A clerk at Moberly’s Market in East Bernstadt called police with information that a man fitting that description had been in that store just prior to the robbery of A & B Quick Stop.
The investigation by Laurel County Sheriff’s officials included posting the picture of the robber to various media outlets. The picture of the suspect had been taken by surveillance cameras at the store.
Just two days later, investigators received a tip naming the robber as Disney, and the search began. Detective Daryl Zanet and Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore went to Knox County and, accompanied by Knox County Deputy Roy Gambrel, went to a residence on Sam Parker Road where Disney was allegedly staying.
Although that they did not locate Disney, officers did find a pistol in a dark colored vehicle at that residence.
After another public plea for information on Disney’s whereabouts, the Knox County man turned himself in to Gambrel in Knox County and was brought back to Laurel County to answer the charges. Records from the Laurel County Detention Center show Disney was booked into the jail on Christmas Eve and has remained incarcerated since that time. He was charged with first-degree robbery and being a persistent felony offender.
The indictment, however, stated that Disney destroyed, concealed, or altered evidence which would have been used against him in court proceedings. The persistent felony offender charge stems from a 2009 conviction for second-degree burglary in Knox County, for which he received an eight-year sentence.
However, that charge is one of many others Disney has faced in Laurel County since 2007 and includes alcohol intoxication and driving under the influence of intoxicants. His legal history also lists bench warrants and failure to appear charges, as well as a 2008 arrest in which he was charged with four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, all under $100 but within a six-month period.
Disney’s bond was originally set for $50,000 cash, but jail records now indicate that it has been reduced to $25,000.
Another man was charged with robbing from a Laurel couple and hitting the man in the head during the course of the robbery.
Jonathon Brumagen of 2412 East Pittsburg Church Road in London, was indicted for first-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault for the incident taking place on Jan. 14 of this year.
Jail records indicate Brumagen was arrested on Jan. 21 on charges of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree disorderly conduct, public intoxication of a controlled substance, fourth-degree assault, menacing, and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Just three weeks prior, Brumagen was arrested for receiving stolen property under $500 and fraudulent use of a credit card over $500 but less than $10,000.
A bench warrant was issued for Brumagen in September 2012 on charges of public intoxication of a controlled substance, second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing, second-degree criminal trespassing, theft by unlawful taking by shoplifting, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and a bench warrant.