The Richmond Register

May 14, 2013

Man charged in strong-arm robbery outside Blue Moon bar

Register staff report

RICHMOND — Police charged 35-year-old Ivan E. Gordon, Sizemore Drive, on Friday in connection with a strong-armed robbery outside the Blue Moon bar.

At 11:06 p.m., an officer met with a man who said he had been assaulted and robbed outside the Blue Moon bar, 525 E. Irvine St., a short time earlier. 

The victim reported that a man at the bar, later identified as Gordon, became angry when the victim refused to buy him a beer, according to the RPD. When the victim left the bar, Gordon followed him outside and struck the victim in the left side of the face from behind. 

The victim reported that he was knocked to the ground, and a woman began going through his pockets, attempting to remove his car keys and wallet. 

The man managed to keep both but not before the woman made off with $27. 

The victim then fled the scene in his vehicle and met with police officers. Officers reported he had a cut and bleeding lip, his left eye was swollen and black with broken blood vessels, and his right shoulder was bruised. 

The victim later went to Baptist Health-Richmond, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

The follow-up investigation determined that Gordon and the woman had followed the victim from the bar just prior to the assault and robbery, the RPD reported.

Gordon was seen by officers early Friday walking in the 100 block of East Main Street. He was detained and transported to the police station for an interview after which he was charged with first-degree robber. He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center and remained there Tuesday morning under a $5,000 bond, according to a jail official.

Police are working to apprehend the female suspect.

Police apprehend suspect in stolen,  forged check case

Police charged 27-year-old Michael V. Pensol, Dixie Plaza mobile home park, for several offenses Sunday in connection with the passing of stolen and forged checks.

A resident in the 100 block of South Killarney Lane reported Friday that some time during the past week, three of her personal checks had been stolen from her home and passed at a local bank. 

It was subsequently determined that her name had been forged on the checks, and they were cashed by Pensol, according to an RPD report. The three checks totaled $435.

The RPD alleges Pensol also had stolen four personal checks from a vehicle at the same location and forged the name of the account holder on all four. He then cashed one of the checks at a local bank for $85.92, the report states.

Pensol was taken into custody Sunday at the Knights Inn on Northgate Drive. He was charged with seven counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, seven counts of second-degree forgery, two counts of theft by deception, tampering with physical evidence and four counts of theft by unlawful taking.

Police report finding 51 marijuana cigarettes in vehicle

Police charged 57-year-old James E. Clay, Bluegrass Drive, with drug trafficking following a traffic stop Friday.

At 8:08 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle being driven by Clay for disregarding a stop sign at Ballard and Bellevue drives. Officers recovered five marijuana cigarettes from Clay, and after searching of the vehicle, the officer reported finding 46 additional marijuana cigarettes. 

A total of $1,446 was seized from Clay and his vehicle, according to the RPD.

He was charged with trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 ounces) and possession of drug paraphernalia and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.



• A resident in the 8000 block of Wilburn Way reported that his wallet was stolen from his unlocked vehicle during the night. The wallet contained a badge and identification card issued by the Fayette County Detention Center. Estimated loss is $65.

• A  resident in the 8000 block of Wilburn Way reported that a black iPhone 3GS, worth $100, was stolen from his unlocked vehicle during the previous day. 

• A resident in the 200 block of North Madison Avenue reported that a FedEx package left at her residence April 30  had been stolen.  The package contained eight cartons of Cherokee cigars worth $110.

• A patron of Big Lots, 472 Eastern Bypass, reported that her vehicle had been broken into and her purse stolen while she was inside the store during the mid-afternoon. The driver’s side door window had been broken.

The pink purse contained:  $210 in cash; a gold ring with the word “Mom” imprinted on it with three stones (ruby, tanzanite and emerald); a gold three-tier ring with diamonds and rubies; two bottles of prescription medicine; and personal identification documents. Estimated loss: $885.


A guest at the Super 7 motel, Northgate Drive, reported that he allowed an acquaintance to spend the night in his room. When the guest woke up, the acquaintance was gone along with two cellular telephones, worth $165, and $700 in cash that belonged to the guest. Charges to be filed.

SundayA patron of Meijer reported Sunday that she inadvertently left her purse in the restroom at the rear of the store during the early evening. When she realized her error about 15 minutes later, she returned to the restroom and found that her purse was still there, but $1,000 in cash was missing. 

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.