WARREN - An aborted 911 call led police to an aggravated burglary in progress on North Park Avenue about 10 p.m. Saturday, according to police.
Warren Township police arrived at the source of the call, knocked on the door and were met by a woman running down the stairs from the second floor.
"Everything looked in order until she opened the door," Warren Township police Lt. Donald Bishop said.
John A. Thompson
He said the woman was followed by a white male with a bandanna covering his face and she yelled out, "He's robbing me!"
The man, later identified as John A. Thompson, 40, 123 Dickey Ave., had used a crowbar to force his way into the house and was using it to threaten the woman and her son as he moved from room to room ransacking her house, Bishop said. As he did so, the woman had just enough time to dial 911 and hang up.
Bishop said Thompson ran from police. With the help of the Trumbull County Sheriff's Office, Champion police and Warren city police, Thompson was captured about a block and a half away when one of the police K9s got a hold of him.
Thompson is being held in the Trumbull County Jail on charges of aggravated burglary, possessing criminal tools and two counts of kidnapping.
According to court records, Thompson has a history of burglary and robbery.
In March 2012, he pleaded guilty in Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan's courtroom to felony burglary and was sentenced to 18 months in Lorain Correctional Institution. He was released on May 7 of this year.
He originally had also been charged with misdemeanor criminal damaging and possessing criminal tools, records show.
Ten years earlier in 2002, Logan sentenced Thompson to three years in Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe on two counts of robbery.