MEDFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Medford police arrested a man in the middle of a home invasion Friday afternoon, following a rash of break-ins in the area.
According to Medford Police Department, officers received a call about a break-in in-progress on Friday at around 4:45 p.m. When responding officers arrived at the home on Intervale Avenue, they found the suspect, 31-year-old Samuel L. Wambua, still inside.
The homeowner, an elderly woman who was still on scene, told officers she had been sitting in the back room on the first floor, when she heard the loud crashing noise of her picture window being broken.
"She quickly ran towards that end of the house where she observed the defendant ... who is not known to the victim, as he hurled himself through that broken window where he landed on to the floor," MPD said in a statement. "The victim immediately ran towards the door to exit the home to go to a neighbor’s house for help. As the victim was running down her driveway towards the street, she felt the defendant put his arms around her to pull her back in to the house. She continued to run and he was not able to hold her. She went to her neighbor’s house where her neighbor called 911 for help."
Officers said Wambua went back into the victim’s house, and it was "quite obvious" that he had run through several rooms ransacking them as he looked for items to steal.
When Wambua was located by police inside the home, he had lacerations on his arms from diving through the broken window. Officers also recovered some jewelry that was stolen from the victim in Wambua’s possession.
After he was treated for the injuries that he sustained while breaking into the house, Wambua was released from the hospital and brought to the Medford Police Station where he was booked for the break and entering as well as several other charges.
MPD is still investigating whether Wambua is connected to a recent rash of break-ins over the past few weeks in the area.
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