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A would-be burglar and potential rapist was apprehended without incident early Wednesday morning on Chatham Woods Road in Cheshire.
Slightly before 6 a.m. last Wednesday, a female homeowner contacted police after waking up in her bedroom with a man standing over her. According to police officials, the man, later identified to be Caron Grant, 29 of Middletown, was attempting to sexually assault the female homeowner. The woman, whose name and age were not released by police, freed herself from the home and called 911.
"We believe the perpetrator was attempting to have unwanted sex with this woman," explained Capt. Robert Vignola. "We believe that was his intent and, fortunately, that didn't occur."
Police believe that Grant gained entry into the house through a locked door. According to police, the victim and Grant knew one another as acquaintances, as Grant had previously performed work at the house.
Once the victim fled the home, she dialed 911 and gave police a description of the man. When police arrived at approximately 5:57 a.m., they immediately entered the home and searched for the suspect. Inside in the bedroom, Grant was found and "arrested without incident," Vignola said. According to police, Grant was not in possession of any stolen goods when he was brought into custody.
He is being charged with home invasion, second degree burglary, and first degree criminal attempt to commit sexual assault. He was processed at Cheshire police headquarters and was immediately arraigned in court.
Vignola complimented members of the department who responded to the scene and apprehended Grant without incident or injury.
"This was a great response and the guys did a very good job," Vignola said.