Massachusetts man, 28, remains jailed in connection with stabbing at Orono

Posted June 06, 2006, at 12 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 01, 2012, at 3:50 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Taunton, Mass., man remained Monday in Penobscot County Jail, unable to make bail on charges of stabbing a 30-year-old Swanville man Friday night at the Irving station in Orono.

Randall S. Daluz, 28, was arrested at gunpoint early Saturday morning by Orono police while driving on College Avenue in Old Town. He is charged with aggravated assault.

The victim, who allegedly was stabbed in the chest, has been released from Eastern Maine Medical Center, Sgt. Joshua Ewing of the Orono Police Department, said Monday. The victim underwent surgery early Saturday morning at the Bangor hospital, according to the police report.

Further information on the exact nature of his injuries was not available, but court documents described the wound as about 3 inches long. His right hand also was cut, according to court documents.

Police have not recovered the knife used in the alleged assault.

3rd District Court Judge Ann Murray on Monday afternoon set bail for Daluz at $5,000 cash or $20,000 surety. Bail conditions include no contact with the alleged victim or witnesses to the alleged stabbing.

Daluz is scheduled to appear on Aug. 11 in Penobscot County Superior Court.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Orono police were called to the Irving station on Main Street about 11:44 p.m. Friday, according to court documents. They found the victim sitting on a 5-gallon pail next to the entrance to the store. The victim had his shirt off and was clutching it to his midsection, according to the police report.

The victim told police that he and his girlfriend pulled into the Irving parking lot to buy some beer when Daluz – a man whom the victim said he knew through a mutual friend only as “Ricky” – approached the car. Daluz appeared upset when the victim allegedly approached his car, and when Daluz opened the car door, he allegedly hit the victim in the knee.

Several witnesses told police that they saw Daluz swinging a knife at the victim while the victim grabbed bottles of windshield wiper fluid to defend himself. Police reported finding several of the containers in the parking lot, one with blood on it and another with a puncture in it.

At one point during the altercation, an Orono police car passed by and Daluz allegedly backed off. After the cruiser drove by, witnesses told police that Daluz lunged at the victim, stabbing him in the chest. He then left in what was described as a small, dark-colored vehicle with Rhode Island license plates.

When police stopped Daluz’s vehicle, Kevin O’Brien, 28, of Old Town was in the front passenger seat. He told police that Daluz had called him about seven minutes before police stopped the car. Daluz, whom O’Brien described as very upset, asked O’Brien to meet him in the parking lot of the Old Town McDonald’s restaurant. Daluz picked him up there, O’Brien told police.

Daluz also was injured in the fight, according to court documents. He was treated at St. Joseph Hospital for a cut lip and a possible concussion, then taken to Penobscot County Jail.

His injuries were not apparent when he appeared Monday afternoon in district court in Bangor.

Police found about $2,800 in cash on O’Brien and just under an ounce of marijuana. O’Brien was issued a summons on a charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled to appear July 27 in 3rd District Court.

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