Duo Arrested in Early Morning Home Invasion

TREMONT — Two men were arrested early Thursday in connection with a home invasion on Woodland Drive, which is off the Kelleytown Road.


Dakota Harkins, 19, and Zachery Rand, 19, both of Tremont, were arrested on charges of burglary, assault, criminal mischief and illegal possession of liquor by a minor.

Lt. Chris Coleman of the Maine State Police said the male victim phoned police at about 2:38 a.m. to report two men were trying to break into his home and that they had a knife. While the dispatcher was trying to get more information, the victim said the men had gained entry, then he hung up the phone.

Troopers Chris Smith, Tim Varney and David Barnard responded. When they arrived, the victim, who had suffered minor injuries, told them there had been a struggle and the two men left on an ATV.

“He was able to identify the men,” Lt. Coleman said. The troopers located the Mr. Harkins and Mr. Rand at separate residences a short time later.

The home invasion apparently was a result of a disagreement between the men that occurred earlier in the day, the lieutenant said.

The alleged assailants also sustained injuries. “We’re not sure when the injuries occurred, whether it was during the home invasion or earlier,” Lt. Coleman said. “We’re not getting a lot of cooperation.”

After their arrest, Mr. Harkins and Mr. Rand were taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor for treatment. Mr. Rand was released and taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth. As of Thursday morning, Mr. Harkins remained in the hospital with unspecified injuries.

The lieutenant said he expected him to be released later in the day and taken to the jail.

The lieutenant said a folding knife was taken as evidence. There were no firearms involved, he said.

State police are continuing their investigation.

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