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Police make arrest in Cockeysville home invasion

A Cockeysville woman was charged in a July home invasion when Baltimore County police said she threatened a 74-year-old woman and dragged her down to the basement.

Police said Lenny Carela, 38, broke into a home on Valley Crossing Circle, near the intersection of Padonia and Cranbrook roads, when the homeowner was out walking her dog. When the homeowner returned, she found Carela taking her purse and cell phone. The two woman got into a fight and Carela tired to choke the victim and threatened her with a knife, before dragging her to the basement, police said.

Carela, of the unit block of Breezy Tree Court, which is near the victim's house, faces armed robbery, first-degree assault and 12 other counts in the July 30 incident.

Carela has several pending traffic violations but does not appear to have a violent criminal record, according to online state court records.

She is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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