BELFAST, Maine — A local man is being held without bail after he allegedly broke into a Belfast residence last week and raped an 18-year-old woman who lived there.
Owen B. Allen, 41, Marsh Road is accused of burglarizing a residence the night of Friday, Nov. 11. Although he was familiar with the house, he did not know the young woman who was living there with her infant child, according to Belfast police.
Allen sexually assaulted the woman, police said. During the attack, he allegedly wrapped duct tape around her head but she was able to pull the tape down so she could breathe.
After Allen left the home, the woman called to report the attack to police. Officers were able to track down the alleged perpetrator, who was arrested the next day at his residence. He was “somewhat cooperative” with police, who charged him with Class A gross sexual assault and burglary, according to police reports.
The victim went to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast for treatment but was not seriously hurt, police said.
“This is a very, very serious incident. She was attacked by an unknown attacker while she was in her home,” said Walter Corey, interim chief of the Belfast Police Department.
He said that it is very unfortunate that this happened in Belfast and encouraged people, especially women, to lock their doors, be aware of their surroundings and to always call police if they suspect there is a problem.
Corey said that it was good that police made an arrest so quickly, which was the result of Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham’s “excellent work” and knowledge of the area.
“He did a good job,” Corey said.