Trooper Robert Purdy
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 7, Richmond
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Bank Robbery and Arrest in Garrard County, KY
Date of News Release: 01/31/2006
(RICHMOND, KY) - The Kentucky State Police Post 7, Richmond, is currently investigating the armed robbery of the Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank in Lancaster.
On 1/31/2006 at 1225 hours, an armed white male suspect entered the bank, walked up to a teller brandishing a handgun, and demanded money from the bank employee. The teller complied with the suspect's demands. The suspect then ran from the bank and entered the passenger's side of a grey four-door Saturn. A white female was driving the vehicle.
The suspect vehicle left the bank traveling north on US 27. A Garrard County Sheriff's Department Court Bailiff heard the police radio traffic concerning the robbery and observed the suspect vehicle traveling north on US 27. The bailiff followed the suspect vehicle and maintained radio contact with responding police units. Two officers of the Lancaster Police caught with the vehicle at the intersection of KY 34 and US 27 and a pursuit ensued. A Kentucky State Trooper attempted to stop the suspect vehicle using a tire deflation device, but the driver was able to evade them. The vehicle continued to travel north on US 27. At the Kentucky River Bridge on the Garrard/Jessamine County Line, the suspect was observed throwing a weapon and money from the vehicle. The pursuit ended at Camp Nelson when law enforcement officers were able to stop the vehicle by using a moving roadblock and blocking any avenues of escape by the suspect vehicle.
Two suspects were then taken into custody at 1239 hours. No bank employees, innocent bystanders, or police officers were injured during this incident. Both suspects were lodged in the Lincoln County Detention Center. A handgun and bank money was recovered from the right-of-way of US 27. Officers of the Kentucky State Police, Lancaster Police Department, Garrard County Sheriff's Department, and the Jessamine County Sheriff's Department were all involved in the apprehension of the suspects.
The two suspect have been identified as Ralph W. Cain and Jessica Renee Herren.The case remains under investigation by Detective Monte Owens.