Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

May 11, 2013

Woman charged in bomb threat

RACELAND — A Raceland woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly robbed a convenience store by telling employees she had a bomb strapped to her body.

Police also arrested the suspect’s boyfriend for allegedly helping her plan the holdup.

The incident occurred about 3:40 p.m. at the Super Quik store at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Pond Run Road. According to Raceland Police Chief Don Sammons, the suspect, Holley Gambill, 34, entered the store and handed a clerk a note stating she had a bomb strapped to her chest and would detonate it if she was not given all the money in the register.

The clerk complied, but also tripped a silent alarm and was able to stall the suspect to give police time to respond. The clerk, Loren Huffman, “did a really good job,” Sammons said.

Gambill fled the store on foot with the money from the register. Officer Mitch Fetters spotted her, and a foot chase ensued. As the suspect was attempting to get into a car driven by another woman on Brown Street, other officers were able to surround the vehicle and take Gambill into custody, Sammons said.

Gambill did not have any explosives, Sammons said, and a subsequent search of her apartment in the 500 block of Crump Street did not turn up any bomb-making materials.

During the search, Gambill told officers her boyfriend, Ronnie Hicks, 57, had helped her plan the robbery and compose the holdup note. Hicks was arrested on charges conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, possession of marijuana, illegal possession of a legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition to first-degree robbery, Gambill was charged with terroristic threatening, illegal possession of a legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2654.

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