Police: Victim in Cumberland home invasion was likely targeted

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — Police in Cumberland have made an arrest in a home invasion that prompted a lockdown at a nearby middle school.

Robert Piasecki, 33, of Lincoln, was arrested and charged with breaking into a home on Kent Street last Friday and assaulting the homeowner.

Cumberland Police Chief John Desmarais said clues left behind at the home led them to Piasecki.

Breaking-and-entering crimes are typically hard to crack, according to Desmarais, but the chief said Piasecki and the victim knew each other.

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“We believe that it was targeted,” the chief said. “It’s still under investigation, we have to take more statements and we’re going to follow where that leads us.”

When it was thought the suspect may have ran towards McCourt Middle School, the building was placed on lockdown until police determined he was no longer in the area.

Piasecki was arraigned Thursday on charges of breaking and entering of a dwelling and assault. His bail was set at $25,000 with surety.

Desmarais also said police are working with the Attorney General’s office to see if more charges against Piasecki are warranted.