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Alleged Kent burglar jailed

Joshua Hawkins, 32, already a convicted felon, arrested for attempted River Bend Boulevard break-in.

By DAVE O'BRIEN Reporter Published: September 19, 2017 4:00 AM

A Kent man is being held in the Portage County jail after a homeowner caught him allegedly attempting to break into a River Bend Boulevard home last week.

Kent police said Joshua C. Hawkins, 32, with a last known address of 348 Dodge St., was arrested Thursday after officers arrived at the scene of an attempted burglary in the 700 block of River Bend Boulevard.

The owner of the house was home when Hawkins attempted to break in, Kent police spokesman Lt. Mike Lewis said. Hawkins failed to get inside the house, and the owner kept him in sight until officers arrived. Hawkins was arrested without incident while walking on The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, he said.

Hawkins is charged with attempted burglary, a third-degree felony, and was jailed on 10 percent of $20,000 bond following his arraignment Friday. Additional or amended charges are possible once the case is presented to a grand jury.

It is the second time in more than two years that Hawkins has been charged with burglary by Kent police. Officers also arrested the former Ravenna resident on May 29, 2015, after he broke into a residence in the 1000 block of Franklin Avenue, according to court records.

Hawkins pleaded guilty the following month to trespass in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony, and was sentenced in August 2015 by Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow to remain in jail until a bed opened up for him at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program, a drug-treatment center for convicted felons.

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