Man accused of trying to set car on fire, blood trail leads deputies to suspect’s home

Man accused of trying to set car on fire, blood trail leads deputies to suspect’s home
Authorities say Sam Denton was arrested after they followed a blood trail from a damaged car to the his home. (Source: Carlise County)

CARLISLE COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - Authorities in Carlisle County, Kentucky arrested a man after following a blood trail from a damaged car to the suspect’s home.

According to the Carlisle County Sheriff's Office, Samuel Denton, 24, was taken into custody on Sunday, Nov. 11 on multiple charges.

The sheriff's office reported officers were called out around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday in response to a call about shots fired near Second Street in Arlington, Kentucky.

At that time, deputies were unable to find any issues.

Around 10 a.m. on Sunday, staff at the Milner and Orr Funeral Home in Arlington called to report blood had been located on a vehicle and underneath a carport. Staff also reported finding evidence of someone trying to burn up a vehicle located across the street at the Citizens Deposit Bank.

While the Carlisle County Sheriff's Office processed the scene, investigators noticed a blood trail that led them to a home in the 100 block of State Route 80 East.

Investigators found Denton inside his home.

The sheriff’s office says evidence suggested that Denton started the fire and slashed a tire on the vehicle.

Investigators also found drug paraphernalia with methamphetamine residue inside his home.

He was taken into custody.

According to the sheriff's office, Denton admitted during questioning to damaging the vehicle and said he fired off at least three shots from a 30-30 rifle.

The sheriff's office said Denton also told investigators he got rid of the firearm in a wooded area near the Arlington Cemetery. The sheriff's office was able to find the firearm.

Denton is facing charges for arson, criminal mischief, wanton endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with physical evidence.

He is behind held at the Ballard County Jail.

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