CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Cabin Creek man who caught someone trying to steal his car detained the suspect until police could arrive on the scene.
The incident occurred just before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday on Giles Hollow Road where Cpl. R.D. Evans of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to investigate.
During the investigation Evans found that Matthew Aaron Martin, 21, of South Homewood Drive in Charleston, needed a place to stay and asked a friend in Cabin Creek to provide lodging for him for the night, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
During the night he stole his friend's vehicle, a 1991 Ford F-150, as well as a video game system that belonged to his friend's children, Humphreys said. The F-150 broke down along Giles Hollow Road and Martin walked until he found a residence with an unlocked front door, he said.
After entering the house, he took keys and credit cards from a purse, a digital camera, another video game system, and a laptop, Humphreys said.
When he used a key taken from the purse and attempted to steal the car, the residents were awakened and the suspect was detained by resident Jason Beverly Jr.
An ambulance was called to transport Martin to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
Martin faces felony charges of two counts of grand larceny and one count of burglary. He also faced a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny. He was to be arraigned Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, he is also on bond for transferring and receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor. That charge was the result of another burglary investigation.