Suspect in home invasion arrested during traffic stop
by Cris Ritchie
HAZARD – Hazard police arrested a man Tuesday suspected of breaking into a house this past weekend.
James Scott Oden, 20, of Hazard, was alleged to have broken into a residence on Cedar Street in Hazard Sunday morning. The homeowner was not at home, but had hired a house sitter who was inside the residence at the time. Police said the house sitter chased Oden into the basement of the house where a fight ensued. Oden was positively identified, but was able to get away, police said.
Oden was taken into custody Tuesday on Highway 451 near the foot of Town Mountain after police received information that he may be traveling in a vehicle in the area, said Det. Paul Campbell with the Hazard Police Department.
Major James East and Det. Adam Baker initiated the traffic stop of the vehicle, which was being driven by a female. That’s when the officers also located Oden inside. He was arrested without incident, Campbell said, and later confessed to the break-in on Feb. 10. He was also served with arrest warrants from separate cases, Campbell added.
Oden is currently lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard on a charge of first-degree burglary.
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