WARREN - A 40-year-old Warren man was being held without bond after a video court appearance Monday in connection with a home invasion in Warren Township Saturday night when an intruder climbed through a window and forced a homeowner to walk him from room to room while he threatened her with a crowbar.
John A. Thompson of Dickey Avenue N.W. faces charges of aggravated burglary, kidnapping, possessing criminal tools, resisting arrest and a probation violation. He returns to Warren Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing at 10:15 a.m. Friday. Thompson also already has served prison time for robbery.
A Warren Township officer was called to the North Park Avenue home of Lynda Farr and her son Brandon where there was an aborted 911 call that the woman made during the burglary in progress.
Farr met the officer at the door, pointing out the intruder as the one burglarizing the home.
The officer struggled with the intruder, who got away with a gym bag that contained some of the jewelry, CDs and electronics equipment he was stealing.
Officers from Warren Township, Champion, Trumbull County Sheriff's Office and Warren Police arrived, and a K9 unit from Warren found the man who was originally inside the home with a bandanna covering his face and wearing a gray Ohio State sweatshirt.
The intruder was located near the intersection of North River Road and North Park Avenue. The officer and the Farrs identified the man as the intruder.