A Lafayette resident is recovering in a Kentucky hospital and awaiting charges after allegedly attempting to rob a KY bank at gunpoint on Tuesday of last week. The hold-up was followed by a police chase, which ended with the man wrecking his vehicle and being airlifted from the scene in critical condition.
According to KY Police Captain Patricia Thompson, Eugene Earl Gentry entered the Kempville Citizens Bank on Hwy 210 at about 3 PM on October 29.
“He approached the teller and advised that he needed to speak with a loan officer,” said Thompson. “The loan officer was tied up with another customer. He waited approximately 30 minutes to speak with a loan officer.
“He advised that he needed a large amount of money, and she questioned what he needed that money for. Then he brandished a weapon and told her it was a hold up. She stood her ground with him and refused to give him the money. So I guess at a certain point he felt like he had been there too long. So he told her he would let it go this time, but he would be back.”
Gentry left the bank quickly, but bank employees were able to get a description of the vehicle he was driving—a gray Toyota—and law enforcement was soon in pursuit.
“The vehicle was intercepted a short distance from the bank by of our units, who attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle,” said Thompson. “Mr. Gentry did stop. When the officer approached the vehicle, he failed to comply with verbal commands to put his hands out the window, and things like that. As the officer approached the vehicle, he sped off.”
A pursuit ensued, which lasted approximately 5-7 miles. Gentry's vehicle finally left the roadway and struck a parked tractor trailer at high speed. He was extracted from the vehicle and flown to Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Gentry, a resident of Swindle Road, was still in critical condition as of Tuesday.
“The only reason he hasn't been charged at this point is due to the seriousness of his injuries,” said Thompson. “He is on a holder, a court order to hold him until he is released from the hospital. He will be charged with 1st degree robbery and fleeing and evading arrest, with possible other charges pending. The investigation is still ongoing.”
The lead officer in the investigation is KY Detective Benjamin Riggs.