Alleged burglar captured at high school soccer field
Cassville schools limit student exterior access during event
A man accused of breaking into a home Friday morning was captured at the Cassville High School soccer field.
James Hooper, 27, of Duenweg, is charged with first-degree burglary and felony resisting arrest.
According to a probable cause report filed by Colt Beck, officer city the city of Cassville, at about 9 a.m., police were dispatched to a home in the 1600 block of Presley Drive for a report of a man breaking into the residence.
The reporting person said he chased Hooper out the back door. while looking around for anything that was stolen, he found a wallet with Hooper’s identification inside.
Hooper was also wanted for an alleged stabbing in Carthage. Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr said he had been in the area for two days, and authorities have been searching for him because of the Carthage warrant
Shortly after the burglary call, Beck said staff from Cassville High School reported Hooper was outside the facility. Hooper was approached by School Resource Officer Troy Wenzel, and when Hooper fled on foot, Wenzel chased Hooper down and apprehended him at the soccer field. Kammerlohr and Cpt. James Smith, investigator with the Cassville Police Department, were also on the scene.
Richard Asbill, superintendent of Cassville schools, said all school buildings at the district were in limited exterior access for students during the search for Hooper. Schools resumed normal operations at about 10:30 a.m.
Hooper is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $30,000. Arraignment is set for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.