MAPLETON, Maine — A local woman played a key role in apprehending an intruder who broke into her home Monday evening.
The incident happened after the woman, whose name is not being released because she is the victim of a crime, discovered that an intruder had gained entry to the first floor of her residence.
State police Sgt. Tom Pelletier said Wednesday that the woman called 911 for assistance and then found a hiding spot in the home for herself and her aunt.
The woman then grabbed a rolling pin and went out to see if she could identify the intruder. She crept through the home and found Aaron Dyer, 24, of Presque Isle.
A scuffle ensued, and Dyer reportedly assaulted the woman before fleeing on foot, according to Pelletier.
Undeterred, the woman pursued Dyer until he was picked up by a vehicle a short distance away.
The victim was able to give a description of the vehicle and its registration information, and called police again to provide the information.
Pelletier said that Trooper Rob Flynn spotted the vehicle on Parsons Street in Presque Isle. Inside were Dyer and Jessica Dennett, 21, also of Presque Isle, who was driving the vehicle.
Dyer was arrested and charged with Class B burglary, Class D assault and violation of condition of release, a Class E crime.
Dennett was arrested and charged with Class C criminal attempt and operating after suspension, a Class E crime.
A Class B crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, Class C up to five years in prison, Class D less than one year in prison and Class E up to six months in prison. All are also punishable by fines.
Dyer and Dennett were taken to the Aroostook County Jail and remained there Wednesday afternoon.