PARKERSBURG - A burglary suspect who was caught in the act was shocked with a Taser while fleeing from police Friday morning.
Jared M. Adkins, 19, of 2304 Broad St., Parkersburg, was arrested and charged with felony burglary around 6 a.m. Friday after fleeing and hiding from police on Cypress Street, said Sgt. Greg Collins, Parkersburg Police Department.
Before the arrest, a police officer Tasered Adkins when he refused to comply with a police officer's demands to show his hands.
Jared M. Adkins is suspected in several home burglaries that occurred early Friday morning.
"Midnight shift has been catching a lot of suspects in the act lately and we are extremely proud of that," said Collins.
Officers had a busy morning Friday, with investigations into four home burglaries between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Residents of 1603 Washington Ave., reported being awakened by a male subject in their bedroom rummaging through a nightstand. The suspect was chased from the home, and a description of the man was given to police, said Collins. There were four children sleeping in the home at the time of the burglary.
A bottle of prescription pills was stolen, police said.
A few block away at 2016 23rd St, police responded to another burglary, in which the suspect fled the house when the homeowner awakened to find him crawling across the bedroom floor toward a nightstand, said Collins.
Two other break-ins were reported at 1721 20th St. and 1903 20th St.
During the investigation into the 23rd Street burglary, Officer John Cumpston observed a man matching the description of the suspect on nearby Cypress Street. As the officer exited his cruiser, the suspect fled and eventually hid behind a house at 2301 Cypress St., said Collins.
Cumpston deployed his Taser when Adkins did not comply with instructions to take his hands out of his pockets. When Adkins did not respond to the first shock, a second shock was deployed, and the suspect was handcuffed without incident, said Collins.
"These types of crimes are brazen and without rationale, and becoming more common," said Collins. "We are very pleased that no one was hurt."
After a checkup at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph's Campus, Adkins was transported to the Wood County Holding Center and then to North Central Regional Jail, where he remains in custody on a $10,000 bond.
Police said evidence in Adkins's possession link him with at least one of the burglaries Friday morning.
"A lot of good police work and citizen cooperation led to a successful outcome to this event," Collins said.