UMaine student charged in stabbing

Posted Jan. 23, 2010, at 12:51 p.m.
Christopher Lawrence Girouard. PHOTO COURTESY OF PENOBSCOT COUNTY JAIL
Christopher Lawrence Girouard. PHOTO COURTESY OF PENOBSCOT COUNTY JAIL

ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine student was hospitalized in Bangor early Saturday morning after being assaulted by another student wielding a knife outside a College Avenue fraternity house.

The victim, identified only as a 20-year-old male from southern Maine, was not seriously wounded and was released from Eastern Maine Medical Center later Saturday morning.

According to university spokesman Joe Carr, 20-year-old UMaine student Christopher Girouard of Sebago was arrested by university police at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house, a short distance away from the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house where the assault took place.

Girouard was tracked from the scene of the assault by a Penobscot County K-9 team, Carr said, and located at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house, where he is a member.

Carr said a 2 a.m. “scuffle” inside the Phi Gamma Delta house escalated when two fraternity members forced two visitors, including Girouard, to leave the premises.

“Alcohol was a factor,” Carr said. Out on the sidewalk, Girouard is alleged to have pulled a knife and stabbed the victim in the back three times, Carr said. Students inside the fraternity house called university police, but Girouard had fled on foot by the time police arrived.

Backup officers from Orono and Old Town were called in along with the K-9 team from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office. The tracking dog traced Girouard to the Delta Tau Delta house, where he was arrested on a felony charge of elevated aggravated assault and taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. His first court appearance was scheduled for today, and bail was set at $10,000.

Girouard remained in jail Sunday afternoon.

University of Maine Dean of Students Robert Dana said Girouard has been suspended and will not be allowed back on campus.

Leadership from both fraternities will be questioned about the incident, Dana said, adding that the fight appears to have been strictly between the individuals involved and not a feud between the fraternities.

Dana said students showed maturity by calling for help when the altercation got out of hand.

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