, Corbin, KY

February 20, 2013

W’burg man faces five-count indictment

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross

Staff Writer

A five-count indictment was handed to a jailed Williamsburg man in connection to an attack on his girlfriend.

Thomas Avery Ridner, 22, faces several charges after allegedly slashing Jennifer Bryant’s hand with a knife and stealing her purse and prescription pills.

The first count of his indictment charges first-degree robbery after allegedly using physical force to rob Bryant.

The second count charges second-degree assault for reportedly stabbing Bryant.

The third, fourth and fifth counts indict Ridner on three separate charges of first-degree wanton endangerment. Count three involves Bryant, and charges he pushed her down and attempted to cut her with the knife. Count four involves Bryant’s one-month-old infant, whom Bryant was holding when Ridner allegedly pushed her to the floor. Count five involves Bryant’s mother, Patsy Bryant, whom Ridner reportedly attempted to cut with a knife.

Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said Ridner forced his way into Bryant’s home through the basement door, demanding both the purse and pills.

Bird said that when Bryant failed to comply with his demand, the two struggled and Bryant was stabbed. Bird added that Ridner then threatened Patsy Bryant with the knife, and she came to the defense by striking Ridner with a stick.

Ridner then allegedly took the purse and pills and fled. Her purse was found by police in a wooded area near her home.

Ridner was arrested by Officer Jason Strunk later that evening at his Reservoir Street home.

Just about a week earlier, Williamsburg Police were dispatched to that same home to investigate a report of an attempted home invasion. During that alleged crime, the man accused of attempting the break-in, Justin Douglas, was in an altercation with Ridner. During that altercation, Douglas was stabbed in the chest and received non-life-threatening injuries.

Ridner’s next court appearance is Feb. 27 in Whitley County District Court. On that date he is scheduled for a pretrial conference in two separate cases, one for receiving stolen property under $500, the other case for second-degree fleeing or evading police and controlled substance not in its proper container.

His next court appearance for the charges incurred concerning the attack on Bryant is slated for May 28.

Ridner remains in the Whitley County Detention Center.