Detectives said Thomas parked his car at a nearby church, walked to the home, cut a hole in the patio screen and remained there for three to four hours, watching and listening through the windows. The sheriff's department said at about 2:43 a.m., Thomas allegedly entered through a back sliding glass door, which activated the home alarm. The homeowner and a guest left the home in a car and called 911.
Arriving deputies found Thomas still inside the residence, carrying a knife, plastic zip-ties, duct tape, mace and other personal items, according to the sheriff's department. Through the investigation process, detectives said Thomas admitted he was planning to take the homeowner hostage.
Thomas was charged with aggravated stalking, armed burglary of a dwelling, attempted armed kidnapping and criminal mischief.