By Staff

MERRIMAC (CBS) – A Merrimac man has been charged in connection with the home invasion and sexual assault of a 74-year-old woman earlier this month. Police said 50-year-old William S. Raia was arrested Monday night.

On July 3, a woman on Hillside Ave. reported she was awakened by a man in her bedroom armed with a knife. He allegedly threatened her and repeatedly assaulted her.

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Raia has been charged with four counts of Aggravated Rape, Kidnapping, Home Invasion, Strangulation and Assault & Battery causing Bodily Injury on an elderly person.

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The woman was able to flee her home during the attack and called police. She was treated and released from the hospital.

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Raia is expected to be arraigned in Newburyport District Court on Tuesday. Staff