Fairhope man faces charges

A Fairhope man is facing charges after police said he broke into the home of an East Freedom woman while under a no-contact order.

According to charges filed by Freedom Township police, James M. Lake, 38, entered the home along Freedom Street on June 21 through the basement door while no one was home.

Once inside, police allege that Lake used the home’s landline to call the woman on her cellphone.

Police said when the victim returned home, Lake was at her residence and that she feared for the safety of herself and her young daughter. The victim told police she was unable to contact them at that time because Lake kept close to her.

Police said that later in the day the victim tried to leave the residence in her car, but Lake attempted to stop her and chased after her vehicle. Police said Lake kicked the victim’s vehicle and grabbed the window post, attempting to stop the vehicle and grab the victim.

Police said Lake was under a court order not to have contact with the victim due to prior incidents.

Lake was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger and released on $20,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today in front of Blattenberger.


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