Eastern Kentucky man arrested on auto theft charges

Braden Stamper

A Letcher County man was arrested on auto theft charges Monday as a result of a domestic dispute call to 911.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Deputy David Wesley was dispatched to a domestic disturbance at Crossroads IGA on East Ky. 80 at noon on Monday, where he was informed that a silver 2011 Chevrolet passenger car occupied by a male and female had left the store headed east on Ky. 80. Witnesses had allegedly observed the male subject striking the female occupant.

Within minutes, 911 Dispatch received a second call regarding a female on the side of the road at the 33 mile marker fitting the description of the victim assaulted at the grocery store. Wesley made contact with Ashley Sturgell, 33 of Premium, Ky., at that location. She told authorities that her automobile, cell phone and over $300 in cash had been taken by an acquaintance, Braden Uriah Stamper, 31 of Premium, Ky., and that he let her out of the vehicle and fled east on Ky. 80, according to the sheriff's office.

Another development further up the road helped lead deputies to the suspect. An off-duty Glasgow, Ky., police officer contacted the London Post of the Kentucky State Police reporting that an individual near the Laurel-Pulaski County line was on the shoulder of the road breaking the windows out of a silver Chevrolet automobile, according to the sheriff's office.

Wesley and Trooper Richie Baxter responded to that scene where they made contact with Stamper, who was taken into custody by Wesley.

Stamper was charged with the following theft by unlawful taking (auto); first-degree robbery; first-degree criminal mischief; and fourth-degree-minor injury assault.

Stamper was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center without further incident. The investigation continues by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.