TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

November 5, 2012

Arrest leads to federal charges

La. man allegedly sold stolen gun to Williamsburg pawn shop


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A Louisiana man arrested Wednesday for various crimes after he allegedly sold a stolen gun to a Williamsburg pawn shop now faces federal charges.

Thomas William Bunn, 26, is expected to appear in federal court next week, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Public Information Officer George Huffman.

Huffman said ATF agents officially arrested Bunn, but explained that specific charges would not be released until the suspect hears them for himself.

“He has a long list (of charges),” Huffman said. “From armed robbery, to burglary... he’s been on a crime spree.”

Huffman said Bunn is suspected of crimes in several states, including Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana and Kentucky.

The federal charges add to an already long list of charges Bunn faces in Kentucky. According to Corbin Police, Bunn pawned an assault rifle in Williamsburg Monday, which was reported stolen in Florida.

Later Monday morning, Corbin Police were dispatched to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked behind the Days Inn near Exit 25 of I-75. When Patrolman Kyle Gray went to question Bunn, he fled in a 2005 Chevrolet truck and led police on a 24-mile chase on northbound I-75, at times reaching speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. Five police cruisers were damaged or disabled during the vehicle chase, which ended in the woods near mile marker 41. Two state police dogs were brought in after Bunn allegedly abandoned the truck and fled into the woods on foot. He was captured Wednesday morning.

Corbin Police charged Bunn with 15 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment to officers, three counts of first-degree criminal mischief and one count each of fleeing or evading police by motor vehicle, first-degree fleeing or evading police by foot, speeding 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit and reckless driving.