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March 28, 2013

Man sentenced for robbery attempt

Receives 10 years in prison, enhanced to 11 years, for second-degree robbery


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross

Staff Writer

A man charged after a failed robbery attempt Christmas Eve was sentenced in Laurel County Monday.

By John L. Ross

Staff Writer

A man charged after a failed robbery attempt Christmas Eve was sentenced in Laurel County Monday.

Johnny Lee Perkins, 33, of London, faced several charges after failing to rob the North Main Speedway in London.

Monday he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, enhanced to 11 years, for second-degree robbery. He also received 30 days for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

In a separate case Monday, he was also sentenced to five years, enhanced to 10 years, for flagrant non-support.

All sentences will be served concurrently, according to the clerk’s office.

Perkins remains in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

According to London Police Chief Stewart Walker, no one was injured during the attempted robbery.

“It was just her (the clerk) in the store at the time,” Walker said.

Laurel Dispatch received the robbery call early Christmas Eve. The unidentified clerk reported to dispatchers the suspect was a white man wearing a black jacket, a dark blue toboggan with a beer logo, and was driving a blue vehicle, according to Walker.

Officers said the suspect had entered the store and announced, “this was a hold up” and that “he was robbing the store.”

The clerk asked the suspect if it was a joke, according to police reports.

He said “no.”

She then threatened to call the police, which prompted the suspect to leave empty-handed.

Police were then told he left the store heading north on Main Street. Within minutes, London officers William Goins and Travis Couch located a light blue Chevrolet Cavalier in the parking lot of the West 80 Shell station.

According to a police report, as soon as the driver saw Goins, he drove from the lot and made a U-turn, traveling into the right turning lane of Jerry’s Road and KY 80, west of I-75.

Goins followed the suspect, stopping him at the I-75 overpass bridge.

When Goins attempted to make contact with the driver, he learned from dispatch the Cavalier was reported stolen. Before the officers could approach the vehicle, the driver floored the accelerator, leaving the traffic stop.

Goins returned to his cruiser, and with him leading, both he and Couch began pursuing the car.

London Police Sgt. Jessie Williams caught up with the pursuit at the intersection of KY 80 and North U.S. 25. According to Walker, the chase continued for “about two or three miles” through the intersections of KY 30 and KY 638, and continued through the intersection of KY 80 and KY 472.

Just past that intersection, police initiated a “high-speed box-in” and brought the driver to a stop along the guardrail.

After his arrest he was charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment against a police officer, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license, receiving stolen property under $10,000, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, first offense, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

Monday he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, enhanced to 11 years, for second-degree robbery. He also received 30 days for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

In a separate case Monday, he was also sentenced to five years, enhanced to 10 years, for flagrant non-support.

All sentences will be served concurrently, according to the clerk’s office.

Perkins remains in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

According to London Police Chief Stewart Walker, no one was injured during the attempted robbery.

“It was just her (the clerk) in the store at the time,” Walker said.

Laurel Dispatch received the robbery call early Christmas Eve. The unidentified clerk reported to dispatchers the suspect was a white man wearing a black jacket, a dark blue toboggan with a beer logo, and was driving a blue vehicle, according to Walker.

Officers said the suspect had entered the store and announced, “this was a hold up” and that “he was robbing the store.”

The clerk asked the suspect if it was a joke, according to police reports.

He said “no.”

She then threatened to call the police, which prompted the suspect to leave empty-handed.

Police were then told he left the store heading north on Main Street. Within minutes, London officers William Goins and Travis Couch located a light blue Chevrolet Cavalier in the parking lot of the West 80 Shell station.

According to a police report, as soon as the driver saw Goins, he drove from the lot and made a U-turn, traveling into the right turning lane of Jerry’s Road and KY 80, west of I-75.

Goins followed the suspect, stopping him at the I-75 overpass bridge.

When Goins attempted to make contact with the driver, he learned from dispatch the Cavalier was reported stolen. Before the officers could approach the vehicle, the driver floored the accelerator, leaving the traffic stop.

Goins returned to his cruiser, and with him leading, both he and Couch began pursuing the car.

London Police Sgt. Jessie Williams caught up with the pursuit at the intersection of KY 80 and North U.S. 25. According to Walker, the chase continued for “about two or three miles” through the intersections of KY 30 and KY 638, and continued through the intersection of KY 80 and KY 472.

Just past that intersection, police initiated a “high-speed box-in” and brought the driver to a stop along the guardrail.

After his arrest he was charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment against a police officer, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license, receiving stolen property under $10,000, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, first offense, resisting arrest and reckless driving.