Bangor stabbing suspect unable to make $5,000 bail

Posted Jan. 08, 2010, at 8:48 p.m.
Grubbs Clinton E   (Photo Courtesy of Penobscot County Serriff Office, on 010710   Clinton E. Grubbs
Penobscot County Sheriff
Grubbs Clinton E (Photo Courtesy of Penobscot County Serriff Office, on 010710 Clinton E. Grubbs

BANGOR, Maine — An Essex Street man charged with stabbing a neighbor during an argument Wednesday morning remained in jail on Friday night, unable to make his $5,000 cash bail.

Clinton Grubbs, 47, had his first appearance before Judge Jessie Gunther on Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. After setting his bail, the judge also barred him from possessing any weapons, from contacting the male victim and from going to the Essex Street rooming house where the two men lived in separate apartments.

He will be allowed to go to his apartment at 36 Essex St. once with a police escort to get his personal items, Jim Aucoin, a Penobscot County assistant district attorney, said Friday.

Grubbs was charged with felony aggravated assault after he reportedly stabbed a 57-year-old man in the right side of his abdomen and his right hand with a small knife.

The victim ran to Oak Street and was found by police at 8:43 a.m. Wednesday near Maliseet Gardens. He was rushed to Eastern Maine Medical Center for emergency surgery, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said later that day.

“He’s still in the hospital,” Aucoin said.

Police found Grubbs standing outside the Essex Street boardinghouse, and also recovered the knife, which Edwards described as a 4- to 5-inch kitchen chopping-style knife.

Aggravated assault is a Class B crime, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Judge Gunther also barred Grubbs from possessing alcohol or illegal drugs and required him to get a mental evaluation within 48 hours of his release from jail.

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