By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The man who had residents in the Brannon Mill Road in the Campground area in fear of their safety last month was indicted on three separate incidents in which he threatened one man at gunpoint, broke into another home, and stole a firearm from a third residence.
Jeffery S. Sasser, 48, was indicted by a Laurel grand jury on Friday on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, receiving a stolen firearm, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
The persistent felony offender charge stems from Sasser’s three prior felony convictions in 1997, 2005 and 2012. Those charges include second-degree burglary in 1997 and 2005 and theft by unlawful taking of an automobile in 2012. All offenses occurred in Laurel County and Sasser was on probation for the theft of an automobile at the time the home invasions took place.
Sasser, who lists addresses of 1679 Hopper Creek Road in London and 33 Boggs Road in Lily, allegedly walked to one home in the Campground area and made idle conversation with the male homeowner around 8 a.m. on Feb. 12. When the homeowner refused to let Sasser inside his home, he turned as if to walk away. However, he instead turned back to the homeowner, a 70-year-old ex-police officer, and pointed a .22 caliber revolver at him. The man quickly shut the door, called 9-1-1, and then called neighbors to warn them that an armed man was walking around the neighborhood.
Although Sasser, who was identified by a picture taken by one of the neighbors, managed to break into at least two other homes, he was captured later that day on Slate Ridge Road in the Lily community. At the time of his capture, Sasser still possessed a .22 caliber pistol and had a Halloween mask, duct tape, three knives and some rope hidden inside his coat.
Jail records indicate Sasser remains incarcerated and is held under $5,000 and $25,000 cash bonds on the charges.