Wheeling Police responded to an attempted burglary on Wheeling Island just after 6 p.m. Thursday.
Officers arrived at a South York Street address, where a victim said he was in the front room of the home when he heard someone enter through another door.
The homeowner was armed with a handgun, and confronted the suspect as he walked through the house. When the suspect saw the armed man, he ran through a back door and out of sight.
Officers checked the area but could not find the man.
The suspect is described as a white man with short hair wearing a white t-shirt, long black basketball shorts and white tennis shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Wheeling Police at 304-234-3664 or the crime fighters tip line at 1-800-223-0312.