Two charged in connection with attempted store robbery

Woman allegedly threatened to shoot store clerk; clerk didn't back down

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A quick investigation leads to the arrest of two people less than three hours after investigators say they tried to rob a market early Tuesday morning.

According to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, 37-year-old Regina Neal, of Highway 1376 in East Bernstadt, is charged with first-degree attempted robbery, and 41-year-old William Jennings Francis, of Irvine Street

Attempted Robbery Suspect

Attempted robbery suspect/Laurel County Sheriff’s Department

William Francis

William Francis

in East Bernstadt, is charged with complicity to commit first degree robbery. He also is charged with flagrant non-support for failure to pay $8,985.57 in child support, the sheriff said.

The two were arrested about 6:55 a.m. by Sheriff’s Deputy Tommy Houston and Deputy James Sizemore at a residence off Highway 1376 approximately six miles north of London in connection with a robbery attempt at about 3:30 a.m. at Glenview Market at the intersection of Glenview Road and North Laurel Road approximately two miles north of London.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an attempted robbery where allegedly a woman dressed in overalls wearing a ski mask demanded money and threatened to shoot the female store clerk, Root said. The store clerk refused and the woman fled in a gold Ford Interceptor driven by a man. Sheriff’s investigators reviewed video surveillance from the store and developed possible suspects that led to the arrest location where they found the suspect car and Neal and Francis, who admitted to their roles in the robbery attempt, the sheriff said.

These two individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.


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