January 21, 2013

Armed robbery case sent to grand jury

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A Laurel grand jury will hear evidence next month against the man charged with robbing an East Bernstadt store at gunpoint in December.

The preliminary hearing for 33-year-old Christopher Raymond Disney was held before Laurel District Judge John Chappell on Tuesday. After hearing the case, Chappell ruled the evidence presented warranted probable cause that a felony offense had occurred. Law enforcement officials and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office will present the evidence before a Laurel grand jury the third week of February. If members of the grand jury agree that information in the case indicates a felony offense, Disney could be one of many persons facing indictments that month.

Disney is accused of entering A & B Quik Stop on Ky. 3434 armed with a pistol on Dec. 19, demanding money from the clerk on duty. Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Daryl Zanet testified during the preliminary hearing that Disney made off with $925, and left the store in a dark colored vehicle.

When law enforcement officials conducted an investigation after the incident, they obtained the video surveillance tape from the store and sent out the picture to various media outlets.

Two days later, sheriff’s officials received information that Disney was the person on the surveillance tape. He was reportedly at a residence in Knox County, Zanet said. Working with Knox Deputy Roy Gambrel, Zanet and Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore went to the residence on Sam Parker Road. Although they did not find Disney, they did locate a gun inside a vehicle there that was believed to be the weapon used in the A & B store hold-up.

Disney turned himself in to Knox County officials and was transported back to Laurel County to answer to the robbery charge.

He remains incarcerated in the Laurel County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond, with Chappell noting during the hearing that Disney did voluntarily turn himself in to police.