Fight sparks Bangor stabbing

Posted Aug. 19, 2009, at 7:51 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man who was involved in a two-on-two confrontation early Saturday on Center Street pulled a knife during the fight and stabbed a 43-year-old Bangor man, Detective Sgt. Paul Kenison said Monday.

Sean Chaput, 21, of Bangor was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, a Class B felony.

Police received an anonymous call that someone had been stabbed on Center Street at 1:40 a.m. Saturday, police Sgt. Bob Bishop said Wednesday.

“Three officers responded, and they immediately encountered a man bleeding and leaning over a rail,” he said. “They recovered a weapon and secured the scene for CID,” the department’s criminal investigation division.

Because of the ongoing investigation, the type of knife was not released, Bishop said.

The victim, whom police are not identifying, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bishop said.

The investigating officers discovered that the Center Street fight was among four males, Kenison said.

“During this confrontation, a 43-year-old man received two stab wounds,” he said.

The detective declined to specify where the man was stabbed.

“I’m pretty sure he was treated and released,” Kenison added.

After his arrest, Chaput was taken to Penobscot County Jail. He remained there until Tuesday when he was released on $1,000 cash bail, a jail official said. Chaput’s conditions of release bar him from possessing any weapons, and he is not to have contact with the victim or his family or return to 95 Center St. where the stabbing occurred.

Chaput has a criminal record that reaches back to when he was 16 and failed to stop for police, according to Bangor Daily News records. He was sentenced to a $500 fine for that crime, but it was suspended.

When Chaput was 18, he was convicted of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs in Penobscot County Superior Court and sentenced to a $400 fine, two years in jail with all but 90 days suspended, two years of probation and $940 in restitution.

He also was convicted that same year for the sale and use of drug paraphernalia, resulting in a $300 fine, and violating conditions of his release, which resulted in three days in jail.

When he turned 19, he was convicted of trafficking in prison contraband in Penobscot County Superior Court and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

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