Commonwealth Journal


January 28, 2014

One captured, two sought in Goochtown home invasion

Resident armed with gun is overtaken during fight

Goochtown — One suspect has been brought into custody and two more are being sought in a Monday home invasion in northern Pulaski County.

Gregory W. Scott, 36, of Ky. 1781, Crab Orchard, was located in Lincoln County and transported back to Pulaski on Monday evening.

At 9:25 a.m., the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call regarding a robbery at 1985 Glade Fork Road in the Goochtown com-munity. Investigators learned that three suspects reportedly forced their way into the residence armed with a knife and a bat.

Upon entry into the home, the suspects allegedly fought with one of the residents, Daniel C. Lang, 26. During the altercation, Lang retrieved a handgun while continuing to struggle with the suspects; the gun discharged into a wall, but did not strike any of the occupants, according to the sheriff’s department. The suspects overpowered Lang and took the weapon from him.

Another occupant of the home — Ashley N. Vanhook, 23 — ran from the scene to a neighbor’s home in order to summon help. The neighbor retrieved a shotgun and went outside to confront the suspects, engaging them as they fled from the home. The suspects pointed a stolen handgun at him, and the neighbor fired in their direction, according to the sheriff’s department. It was unknown as to whether any of the suspects were injured.

The victims received minor injuries in the robbery and did not require medical attention, according to the sheriff’s report.

During the robbery, the suspects allegedly stole cash, jewelry, and two guns from the home. They were seen leaving the area in an older model white car, possibly a Ford Thunderbird or a similar type of vehicle.

During the struggle inside the residence, the victims were able to pull the mask off of one of the suspects. Upon doing so, the victims recognized the suspect as Scott. Later in the day, Scott was apprehended in Lincoln County and returned for questioning.

Anyone with information about the identity of the remaining suspects is asked to contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at 606-678-5145, or leave a tip on their website at

Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood said that this most recent home invasion is not currently believed to be connected to another similar incident which took place in the early morning hors Tuesday on Valley Road, also in the northern part of the county.

The investigation is ongoing by the sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division.

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