Kanawha deputies respond to break-ins, burglaries
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man was arrested while trying to burglarize a house on Kanawha Boulevard East in Charleston at about 2:19 this morning.
Thomas Alvin Hager Jr., 41, was arrested on charges of burglary and assault during the commission of a felony, according to a press release from Capt. Sean Crosier, commander of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Special Operations.
Deputy J.A. Ferrell was dispatched to the Kanawha Boulevard East home to investigate a call about a burglary in progress.
Upon arrival, Ferrell discovered the glass in the front door of the home had been broken, Crosier said.
The 71-year-old woman living at the residence had called 911 to report the burglary, according to the news release. She was on the phone with a dispatcher at the time of Ferrell's arrival.
Ferrell instructed the dispatcher to advise the elderly victim he was on scene and that she should stay locked inside a room in her home for her safety, according to the press release.
The deputy then noticed Hager, who was dressed in dark clothing, a black knit cap and gloves, walking out the front door before he could enter the residence.
The burglar saw the deputy and attempted to flee.
Ferrell pursued Hager on foot, and the suspect tripped while running through a brushy area near the home, Crosier said.
Hager also allegedly kicked Ferrell in the face while the officer was attempting to handcuff him, but Ferrell still was able to subdue Hager.
In addition to the burglary and assault on the officer, Hager also allegedly assaulted the elderly victim while in the house, according to the press release.
"She was in a room and she opened an interior door trying to peak out and see who was in the house," Crosier said. "As she did that, he (Hager) pushed the door in and knocked her down.
"She received minor injuries when that happened," he said. The victim was treated at an area hospital and released.
Hager was taken to the South Central Regional Jail, where he is awaiting arraignment.
Officers found items that had been stolen from the house while searching around the residence.
Officials with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department are also warning area residents to watch out for thieves this holiday season.
Deputies responded to three home burglaries, three breaking and entering instances and two miscellaneous thefts within 24 hours over Christmas Day and today, Crosier said.
"They're taking electronic items and new gifts that people have purchased for Christmas," Crosier said. "They're taking items that they can quickly sell, probably to support their drug habits."
The burglaries took place in Charleston, Sissonville and St. Albans, he said. Crosier does not believe the burglaries and breaking and entering incidents are connected.
"We continue to urge citizens to be vigilant," Crosier said. "Watch neighbor's homes while they are away shopping, working or visiting."