Ky. man accused of impersonating newspaper reporter, attempting to rob homeowner

Ky. man accused of impersonating newspaper reporter, attempting to rob homeowner

CALVERT CITY, Ky. (KFVS) - A man is accused of impersonating a newspaper reporter and trying to rob a homeowner.

Douglas A. Key, 54, of Beaver Dam, Kentucky, was charged with robbery first degree (class b felony), kidnapping - adult (class b felony), assault fourth degree, minor injury (class a misdemeanor), wanton endangerment first degree (class d felony) and burglary first degree (class b felony).

Kentucky State Police, Post 1 troopers and Marshall County deputies responded to a home on Lone Valley Road after a report of an attempted robbery.

They say Key made contact with a resident on Lone Valley Road, stated he was with the Paducah Sun newspaper, and wished to write an article on his business.

When Key arrived at the home and made contact with the homeowner, Key allegedly drew a handgun and pointed it at the homeowner.

Authorities say Key demanded the homeowner bind his hands with zip ties, and then the handgun discharged, nearly hitting the resident.

After the homeowner’s hands were bound, they say Key tried to bind his feet as well, but a struggle took place.

The homeowner was able to disarm Key and gain control of the situation before calling 911.

Key was taken from the scene to an area hospital.

After being released from the hospital, Key was arrested and taken to the Marshall County Detention Center.

The investigation continues by Trooper William Propes. Kentucky State Police was assisted on scene by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and Marshall County EMS.

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