ROCKLAND — Rockland Police, with the assistance of the Machias Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Probation and Patrol, arrested a suspect in an April home invasion in which a woman awoke to find a masked man in her bedroom.

Police charged 28-year-old Raheem James of Machias with Class B Burglary and assault. The charges come after an investigation into a home invasion and assault that occurred on Summer Street in Rockland during the early morning hours of April 7. The woman said she woke up to find a masked man in her home and he placed his hands around her neck. The woman was able to scream and the suspect fled from the residence.

James is on probation for a burglary that occurred in Rockland in 2020. Additional charges are expected, according to Rockland police.

The suspect made his initial court appearance Friday, June 17 via Zoom on the new burglary charge. Judge John Martin agreed to have James held without bail pending a probation revocation hearing. Bail on the new charges was set at $10,000 cash.

An affidavit filed by Rockland police in court, detailed the investigation and reported that the victim in the burglary picked James out of a photo lineup. In addition, his DNA was found on the window screen that had been cut at the scene of the crime.

The affidavit also pointed out that prior to the April incident, police had received complaints that he was trespassing at the Trade Winds Motor Inn in Rockland and inside the McLain School in Rockland, the administrative offices of Regional School Unit 13.

James was sentenced in February 2021 in the Knox County court to three years in jail with all but nine months suspended for a May 31, 2020, burglary at a home in Rockland He was also placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay $747 in restitution. He was also sentenced at that hearing and given concurrent lesser sentences for two counts of theft, and one count of attempted burglary in Rockland.

James was arrested in August 2020 by Rockland police. His arrest came after Rockland Police Chief Christopher Young met with residents of the Masonic and Grace streets neighborhood about break-ins and told them the department’s top priority was to solve the cases.

Rockland Police thanked the Machias Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Jail, Probation and Patrol, and the Maine State Police Crime Lab for their assistance in the April 2022 investigation.