BANGOR, Maine — An argument between tenants in an Essex Street boarding house got out of hand Wednesday morning when one of the men stabbed his neighbor, police Sgt. Paul Edwards said later in the day.
“It was over pretty quickly,” he said. “Within minutes [the suspect] was arrested.”
The 57-year-old victim, who was stabbed in the right side of his abdomen and his right hand with a small knife, ran to Oak Street and was found by police at around 8:43 a.m. near Maliseet Gardens.
He was rushed to Eastern Maine Medical Center and underwent emergency surgery, Edwards said. His medical status was not known Monday afternoon, he said.
Clinton Grubbs, 47, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault, a Class B crime, and was taken to Penobscot County Jail, where he remained Wednesday night.
Police found Grubbs standing outside the Essex Street boarding home, and police also recovered the knife, which Edwards described as a 4- to 5-inch kitchen chopping-style knife.
“We don’t know” why the men were upset, Edwards said. “It was an argument over something.”
If convicted of the Class B crime, Grubbs could face a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
Police still are putting together the details of the crime, and are asking those who were on lower Essex Street on Wednesday morning or who have information about the incident to give them a call.
The Bangor Police Department’s criminal investigations division can be reached at 947-7382. Those who want to remain anonymous can use the department’s tip line, which is accessible by calling the same number and then pressing 95811 when prompted.