The Richmond Register

Crime

June 15, 2014

Man indicted on persistent felony, robbery charges

RICHMOND — A man Richmond Police believe robbed six businesses between late December and late January was indicted this past week by a Madison County grand jury.

Anthony L. Ray, 36, of North Second Street faces a persistent felony offender charge as well as six counts of first-degree robbery, the indictment states.

He was arrested Jan. 24 shortly after the robbery of Cash Tyme Cash Advance, 962 Commercial Dr., according to a Richmond Police report.

Ray is accused of entering the business, brandishing a knife and demanding money from two employees. The clerks gave him money and he fled.

Officers obtained a description of the getaway vehicle and located it on East Main Street near CVS Pharmacy. Ray, who was driving the vehicle, was detained, according to the RPD.

When they took him into custody, police reported finding the money taken from the check-cashing service along with the knife suspected of being used in the robbery.

Ray has been held in the Madison County Detention Center since his arrest.

While he was incarcerated, police said investigators linked Ray to five other robberies going back to Dec. 28, including an earlier robbery of Cash Tyme.

On Dec. 28, a man entered TNT Vapors, 950 Spanish Grove Drive, produced a handgun, ordered the owner to surrender money from the cash register and fled on foot.

Other robberies with which Ray is charged include:

• Jan. 2 — Babylon Market, 298 S. Second St.

• Jan. 8 — Cash Tyme Cash Advance, 962 Commercial Dr.

• Jan. 18 — Splash ’Em Out laundry, 467 Eastern Bypass

• Jan. 20 — Check for Cash, 420 Eastern Bypass.

According to the the detention center’s online records, Ray was been jailed four other times beginning in December 2009.

These were six of nine robberies of businesses in the Richmond area that kept merchants and their employees on edge during the bitter cold weeks of this past winter.

In late April, an East Irvine Street man, Christopher D. Lainhart, 28, was charged with three robberies between Dec. 6 and Dec. 30, including two holdups of the D&G Food Mart, 1699 E. Main St.

He had been incarcerated since Jan. 23 when he was charged with the Christmas Day burglary of Bluegrass BP Food Mart, 1900 Berea Road.

Lainhart also was charged with using a handgun to rob the Redi Mart at 920 Red House Road on Dec. 8.

Both Lainhart and Ray have remained in jail since their arrests.

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