Man charged with attempted murder in Jessamine home invasion

A Nicholasville man was arrested Wednesday on an attempted-murder charge in connection with a home invasion, a spokesman for the Jessamine County Sheriff's Office said.

Thomas Ray Johnson, 33, also was charged with first-degree burglary, Chief Deputy Allen Peel said.

Deputy sheriffs went to 1330 Shun Road about 9 p.m. Tuesday and were told by the male victim that a man had knocked on the door of a mobile home at that address, put a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the victim's face and demanded cash, Peel said.

A struggle ensued, during which the robber fired the gun once at the victim but missed, Peel said.

The assailant fled, but he was eventually identified as Johnson, Peel said.

Johnson was arrested about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at his home on Whaley Court in Nicholasville. He was taken to the Jessamine County jail.

Johnson is to appear March 19 in Jessamine District Court, according to the jail Web site.