Kevil Man Arrested in Home Invasion, Shooting
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Authorities have arrested a Kevil man in a recent string of crimes, including a home invasion and shooting that left a woman hospitalized.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Office says detectives went to a home on Magruder Road late Thursday morning as part of their investigation into a home invasion and shooting in Kevil on Sunday. After knocking on the door for some time, deputies made contact with the resident and reportedly smelled marijuana. After being granted entry by the homeowner, deputies found ammunition with the same brand name as that that was used by the suspect in the Kevil shooting, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia. They also located 20-year-old Spencer Forrest  inside, who resembled the shooting suspect.

Deputies and U.S. Marshals conducted a search and fingerprinted Forrest. His fingerprints matched the ones found at the crime scene. The victim also picked Forrest's photo out in a lineup as the man who shot her.

Detectives also found a 9mm handgun believed to have been stolen during an August 29 burglary on Macgruder Road, and ammunition during their search of Forrest's home.

Forrest reportedly told deputies during questioning that he had broken into several homes in the Magruder Road area over this past weekend, and admitted to shooting the victim in her home three times. He also admitted to shooting into several other homes in that same area during the early morning hours of Oct. 15.

Deputies said Forrest's family told them he suffers from schizophrenia and has not been taking his medication. When asked why he committed these offenses, Forrest reportedly said he has been hearing voices, and that the motive for his crimes was he was angry that he was not famous. 
Forrest is charged with three counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and one count of first-degree assault. He was booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail.

Published 06:00 PM, Thursday Oct. 19, 2017
Updated 09:11 AM, Tuesday Oct. 24, 2017

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