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Paducah police make arrest in connection to Sunday vandalism

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PADUCAH (WSIL) -- A man has been arrested in connection with vandalism Sunday night at Paducah's Kentucky Oaks Mall.

Witnesses in the area, like Shelbie Sherwood, believe police may have made a wrongful arrest.

Sherwood says, "Just to be quiet honest I saw five of them, so I feel like if one person is going to get charged. I feel like they need to find all of them."

The Paducah resident says she's not very happy with how violent things ended, hours after Sunday's march.

She says, "What we don't do is vandalize property that's not ours for the sake of trying to get justice."

Detectives arrested Decardia Key Tuesday afternoon at his home, charging him with first-degree criminal mischief.

This comes after police received numerous tips and videos related to the incident. Detectives followed up on those tips, obtained surveillance video from the store, and identified Key as the person breaking the window of Five Below.

Sherwood says the aftermath of the Kentucky Oaks Mall is worse.

She explains, "The mall is still boarded up. There are still cones where it happened."

Another witness, Marquitta Rush, says the people who vandalized the department stores weren't any of the protesters.

She adds, "Everybody at that protest was pretty loving and trying to get the word across and not in you know, a violent way."

She says its unfortante how things ended since everything started out peaceful.

Five doors and three upper window panels at the front entrance of the mall were broken.

Police say this is an ongoing investigation.

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