By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
Armed and dangerous — those two words were used to describe a man Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies sought in connection with several attempted home invasions Tuesday in southeast Laurel County.
Sheriff John Root said Jeffery Sasser, 48, of Lily, was captured late afternoon Tuesday.
Sasser was arrested and jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center on charges of second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and persistent felony offender.
He also had a bench warrant for his arrest for theft by unlawful taking (auto), and no bond was allowed for that charge.
Detectives Charlie Loomis and Daryl Zanet continue the investigation, and more charges are expected, according to Root.
Deputies received their first call at 9 a.m. Tuesday from a resident of Brandon Mill Road.
According to Root, that resident reported an armed man attempted to invade the residence, but was not allowed to enter the home. The suspect fled on foot.
At least three more attempted home invasions were reported during the course of the day, prompting the sheriff’s department to begin a manhunt. Those attempted home invasions were at residences on KY 1023 and Echo Valley Road — and just like the first one, the residents were at home.
Deputies released a description first, but soon after had a suspect in mind — Sasser. Photos of Sasser were circulated to request the public’s help in locating the man.
The suspect was described as a tall, white male in his 50s, with a slender build and scuffy beard, wearing glasses, a camouflage jacket and hat, and armed with a gun.
At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sasser was spotted on Boggs Road, off of Slate Road, by Constable Tim May and Deputy Josh Scott.
When May and Scott attempted to approach Sasser, he allegedly fled on foot. May and Scott chased him a short distance, catching him. After a “brief scuffle,” he was taken into custody in the nearby woods.
A .22-caliber revolver was found concealed on the suspect, and law enforcement also recovered a Halloween mask, three knives, rope and duct tape, according to Root.
Sasser is suspected in several area burglaries, attempted burglaries and attempted armed robberies investigated by Laurel County, as well as cases with the Kentucky State Police under investigation by Trooper Jack Riley.
Deputies involved in the investigation include Deputy James Sizemore, Sgt. Josh Gaylor, Deputy Shane Rice, the U.S. Marshal Service, and Laurel County Emergency Management.