An Eliot man is scheduled to make his initial court appearance in Biddeford District Court Friday on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, burglary and rape.

Paul Olsen, 31, is accused of breaking into his former girlfriend’s house on Goodwin Road at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and attacking her while two young children, the oldest of which was six years old, were home. Police said it appears Olsen is the children’s father.

Olsen allegedly strangled the woman until she lost consciousness, hit her and raped her, Police Chief Theodor Short said. The assault ran throughout the course of the night, he said.

Olsen finally left the house at 6 a.m. He was arrested by Knox County Sheriff’s deputies in Waldoboro at his grandmother’s house, Short said. Eliot police retrieved him on Thursday. Police thought Olsen might be armed but they did not recover a gun when they arrested him, Short said.

The woman was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and eventually released.

Olsen is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m.

Olsen was arrested once before, in 2010, on a charge of domestic violence involving the same victim and later on a charge of violating a protection from abuse order, Short said.