Police arrested an Arlington man who was allegedly armed with a bat when he broke into the home of an off-duty police officer Tuesday afternoon.
Arlington Police said Joseph A. Maloof, 31, did not know that the East Arlington home he was breaking into was a police officer's residence.
When Maloof entered into the home around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, the off-duty officer drew his service weapon and ordered him to stop, according to police.
Maloof fled, but the officer and other police officers who responded to the area caught the intruder and placed him under arrest on several charges, including home invasion and breaking and entering during the daytime.
In a statement Tuesday night, Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said police are pleased Maloof was taken into custody without incident.
“This suspect allegedly victimized a highly trained and highly motivated Arlington Police Officer,” Ryan said.
Police said the incident remains under investigation.