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.