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William Raia is a Merrimac man facing multiple charges, including aggravated rape and kidnapping, connected to a home invasion and sexual assault of a 74-year-old woman in the town, local police, and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday night.
He is 50 years old.
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He was also charged with home invasion and strangulation and assault and battery causing bodily injury to an older person. Those alleged crimes stem from the call police responded to on Hillside Avenue before 11:15 p.m. on July 3.
Police say that the victim claims she awoke to a man in her room armed with a knife. She was then repeatedly sexually assaulted after he threatened her at knifepoint.
That victim was able to flee before calling the police at a nearby home. She was later transported to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment.
“While the suspect is in custody, this remains an active investigation,” said Merrimac Police Chief Eric Shears in a release Monday.
“The entire team at the Merrimac Police Department worked diligently on this investigation since it was reported. I’m grateful for them as well as for the assistance of the Essex District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab, and the Essex State Police Detective Unit,” Shears said. “I also appreciate the continued support and patience of our community as we worked to identify and arrest the suspect.”
Shears said Monday night that although Raia is in custody, this remains an active investigation. Merrimac police, Massachusetts State Police, and the Essex District Attorney’s Office have handled the case.
Raia is expected to be arraigned in Newburyport District Court Tuesday. It’s unclear if he’s obtained an attorney.