WARREN, Maine — A 31-year-old Eliot man is behind bars in Knox County after being arrested on charges that he broke into his former girlfriend’s home, sexually assaulted her and tried to kill her.
Paul Olsen was arrested Wednesday morning at a relative’s residence in Warren by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Kirk Guerrette.
Olsen was arrested on charges of attempted murder, gross sexual assault, burglary, reckless conduct and domestic violence assault, according to the sheriff’s office. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.
Eliot Police Chief Theodor Short said that local officers went at 6 a.m. Wednesday to a residence on Goodwin Road in Eliot where a woman reported that her former boyfriend had broken into the house at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. She told police that Olsen held her against her will and at one point was strangling her and then put a pillow over her face. During the evening, he sexually assaulted her before leaving the home at about 6 a.m.
Eliot police issued an alert soon after they arrived at the home, asking other departments to be on the lookout for Olsen and saying he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Olsen is being held without bail, according to the jail.