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Upper Allen Township Police

Upper Allen Township Police Department

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A Susquehanna Township man was arrested and is being held in prison after police said he broke into a home in Upper Allen Township and raped a woman in November.

William D. Spraglin, 33, is charged with felony rape, burglary, sexual assault and criminal trespass and is being held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to court records.

Around 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 2015, a woman was in her home in the 1000 block of Lancaster Boulevard in Upper Allen Township watching TV when she heard her floor lamp shake, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Upper Allen Township Police.

When the woman turned to see what had happened, she told police that a man, who she later identified as Spraglin, tackled her, placed an object to her back, threatened to cut her and raped her, police said.

The woman was able to strike Spraglin with her elbow and chase him out of her home, according to police.

She provided a description of her assailant and DNA evidence was collected from the scene, police said.

According to police, Spraglin became a suspect because he had been arrested previously for prowling incidents in Dauphin and Cumberland counties.

Police obtained a warrant to collect a DNA sample from Spraglin, which was later compared to the sample collected at the scene, according to the affidavit. The sample and comparison, which was completed this month, narrowed the suspect to a man in Spraglin’s family, according to police.

Spraglin is the only man who lives in the area and matches the description provided by the defendant and who matches the DNA sample, according to the affidavit.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Jan. 22 in front of Magisterial District Judge Mark Martin.

Spraglin is not listed on the Pennsylvania sex offender registry.

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