UNION, Maine — A Camden man was charged Friday with Class B burglary in connection with an alleged home invasion in Union during which the homeowner fought back with the suspect’s own weapon — a baseball bat.
Jay Trenholm, 25, is recuperating at his home from injuries he suffered the night of Dec. 23 and was not taken to jail, according to Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock of the Maine State Police.
Trenholm did not give police the name of his partner in the alleged burglary by invoking his Miranda rights and requesting to speak to a lawyer, Wesbrock said.
According to Wesbrock, Trenholm and the other man reportedly broke into a home at 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 23, armed with a baseball bat and a crowbar. The homeowner fought back, wresting the baseball bat away from Trenholm and using it against him, he said.
“He was able to use the bat to defend himself and stop the threat,” Wesbrock said.
The incident comes after a high-profile home invasion case earlier in December that ended in the death of one burglar.
Nicholas Richards, 23, of Machias was shot to death by homeowner Brian Denoncourt after he and Ashley Crowley, 23, of Beals allegedly assaulted the Eastbrook man during an attempted robbery at his home. Crowley has been charged with robbery in connection with the incident.
Also, on Dec. 13, a Bangor man allegedly fought off two men who tried to force their way into his house. He suffered minor injuries during the fight.
“It seems like there’s a rise in this stuff lately,” Wesbrock said of home invasions. “Fortunately, homeowners are standing up for themselves. It takes a special kind of person to do that. But you have to be cautious — when it goes wrong, it can go very wrong.”
Wesbrock said that while one suspect fled the scene of the Union home invasion after police answered a 911 call reporting a burglary in progress, Trenholm was lying on the floor with severe head trauma. He was taken by Union Ambulance to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, and from there to Maine Medical Center in Portland. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office also assisted.
No items were stolen from the residence, Wesbrock said, adding that while burglarizing a home is normally a Class C crime in Maine, if burglars are armed with weapons that are likely to do bodily injury, the charge is elevated to a Class B crime.
If Trenholm is convicted of Class B burglary, he could face as many as 10 years in prison and pay a fine of up to $20,000.
Wesbrock said that he expects to make another arrest in the burglary, which remains under investigation.