Court Upholds $500 Bail for Man Accused of Breaking into Group Home

Alleged to have assaulted woman in her bed...
Cristian Lema, 29, of Yarmouth was released on $500 cash bail after allegedly breaking into a group home and assaulting a female resident in her bed early Sunday (BPD booking photo)

A Barnstable District Court judge upheld the $500 bail for a Yarmouth man accused of breaking into a group home in Hyannis Sunday morning and assulting a woman in her bed.

Cristian Lema, age 29, of Yarmouth was found hiding in a bathtub when Barnstable Police searched the residence.  He was initially released on $500 cash bail by a bail commissioner Sunday morning.  He appeared in Barnstable District Court Monday morning and a judge continued the $500 bail. Lema is due back in court on July 26th.  Meanwhile, he is at liberty in the community.

Original Story

From Barnstable Police:

Early Morning Burglary Leads to Arrest

At 2:25am on Sunday, June 17th, Barnstable Police were called to a group home at 22 Main St. Hyannis after a male subject entered the residence and assaulted an occupant.

Arriving officers spoke with a 52-year-old female victim, who stated she was sleeping in her 3rd-floor bedroom when a male entered the room and covered her nose and mouth with his hand.

The victim screamed, causing the male to flee the bedroom, down the stairs to a 1st-floor section of the home which had no exit.

Officers searched the residence and located 29-year-old Cristian Lema of Yarmouth, hiding in a bathtub. Lema was placed under arrest and transported to the Barnstable Police Department where he was booked for Armed Burglary – Assault on an Occupant, and Strangulation or Suffocation.

He was later bailed on $500 cash and is due to appear in Barnstable District Court on Monday, June 18th. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on