Police searching for suspect in home invasion
Feb 11, 2013 (The Hazard Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
James Scott Oden
James Scott Oden
A home invasion in Hazard over the weekend has led to a search for the man believed to be involved.
Hazard police said 20-year-old James Scott Oden of Hazard allegedly broke into a house at 200 Cedar Street early Sunday morning, however he did not expect to find anyone at home.
The homeowner had hired a house sitter for the weekend, officer Adam Baker said.
"They were out of town, the people who live there. They had hired a house sitter for that purpose, because usually just about every time he [the homeowner] goes out of town somebody burglarizes him, either his garage, his house, or something," Baker said.
Baker said the house sitter, who knew and positively identified Oden and even said he went to high school with him, saw him at the top of the stairs to the basement and chased him into the basement where a fight ensued.
Oden was able to get away, Baker said, but not before getting injured, although police are not sure how he was hurt.
"We've also kind of tracked him to an apartment down here at Dr. Detroit's. We found a lot of blood, a bloody T-shirt and things like that in that apartment," Baker said.
According to court records, Oden has faced second and third-degree burglary charges in the last two years as well as theft by unlawful taking. He was given a 5-year shock probation in October 2012, and violated that probation in November when he failed to report to the Perry County Probation and Parole office for drug testing.
Baker said police are still searching for Oden, and if anyone has any information on his whereabouts they should contact the Hazard Police Department at 606-436-2222.
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