By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A man facing first-degree robbery charges appeared before Chief District Judge John Paul Chappell in Laurel County District Court for his preliminary hearing Tuesday.
Christopher Raymond Disney, 33, of Gray, now goes before a Laurel County grand jury Feb. 15.
During the hearing, Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Daryl Zanet testified as the first and only witness.
On Dec. 19, an unknown man entered the A & B Quick Stop off KY 3434 near East Bernstadt. Sheriff John Root said the man, armed with a semi-automatic pistol, robbed the unidentified male clerk.
During the hearing Tuesday, Zanet said the cash stolen in that armed robbery totaled approximately $925.
The armed robber then fled the parking lot driving a dark-colored car.
“(Disney) was identified in (surveillance) video of a store a few miles away,” Zanet said, adding it was “Moberly’s Market” on KY 490.
Surveillance video was also obtained from the A & B Quick Stop, according to Zanet.
He further testified that pants and boots worn by Disney in the Moberly’s store were the same as what was worn by the armed robber at A & B Quick Stop — save for the ski mask.
In an effort to locate the suspect, a picture was released in the hopes the public would find him.
Root said a tip Dec. 21 led Zanet, Knox Deputy Roy Gambrel and Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore to a location near Sam Parker Road in Knox County.
Zanet testified that when investigators first arrived at that residence, no one was home, but they did locate a vehicle on the premises.
Zanet said the gun deputies believe was used during the robbery was in that vehicle.
Disney turned himself in to Gambrel, and he was held until Laurel Deputy Josh Scott arrived to transport him back to London. Zanet arrested him there.
Chappell held Disney’s bail at $50,000 cash, noting that Disney did turn himself in to authorities.