McCracken Investigation Leads to FL Arrest
By Candice Freeland
PADUCAH, KY - Two men have been taken into custody, including one that's wanted in two other states, in connection to a burglary that took place in late July in McCracken County.
A resident of Ingleside Road told police that someone had stolen a lawn mower and small trailer, as well as other items, from their property on July 21.
An investigation led officers to a person of interest in Ballard County, identified as 33-year-old Jerry J. Compton. He was interviewed by detectives and originally denied any knowledge of the burglary. But further investigation and a subsequent interview led Compton to admit that he had thrown the lawn mower into a creek in the bottoms of Ballard County. He was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property and tampering with physical evidence.
The investigation led detectives to a second person of interest, 40-year-old Eric Ross, also known as Brian K. Johnson, of Baker, Florida. He had apparently been living near the victim's residence at the time the crime was committed. A search of that residence uncovered a variety of items, including some with the victim's name engraved on them.
A background check on Ross revealed that he is wanted US Marshals for alleged attempted murder in California and alleged extortion in Florida.
McCracken authorities were assisted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department in locating Ross. Warrants were secured against him in connection to the Ingleside Road burglary. The investigation is continuing.