BANGOR, Maine — Shawn Bradley, the New York City man arrested Dec. 8 in a drug bust at a Brewer hotel has been charged in a November stabbing in New York state, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Monday.
“As a result of the Brewer arrest, Kingston, N.Y., police came to Maine and have arrested him” in the stabbing, McCausland said of Bradley, 37.
Bradley remains at the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.
Kingston police detectives traveled to Maine last month and interviewed Bradley at the jail, where he is being held on $100,000 cash bail for two counts of aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine in connection with the Brewer case.
Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested Bradley on Dec. 8 after a “violent scuffle,” McCausland said in a press release Monday.
“He attempted to grab the [agents’] guns,” McCausland said. “He was also armed with a knife at the time.”
The MDEA agents believe the crack cocaine they seized in December was brought into Maine by Bradley, according to McCausland. Agents seized 4½ grams of crack cocaine and $1,400 in cash from Bradley at the time of his arrest, MDEA officials said.
“We collected evidence for Kingston, N.Y., police during our search warrants and accompanied them to PCJ to interview Bradley,” MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall said in an e-mail.
After interviewing Bradley, who is suspected of being a Bronx street gang member, the visiting police detectives charged him on Dec. 22 with felony assault in the stabbing of a 33-year-old man in Kingston, McCausland said.
Kingston is located about 15 miles north of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., just east of the Catskills.
Police believe Bradley stabbed the victim on Nov. 27 in the center of Kingston, leaving him with a punctured lung and a cut to his head.
The victim was stabbed four times in the chest and abdomen, according to the website of a Kingston newspaper, the Daily Freeman.
“We believe it was over a drug deal gone bad,” Kingston police Detective Lt. Timothy Matthews said in the Daily Freeman article. He said Bradley is a member of the Bloods street gang and goes by the name “Black.”
Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson, the drug prosecutor for Penobscot County, told the judge at Bradley’s first appearance that he was wanted in New York for violation of his probation.
Bradley’s criminal history includes an arrest in New York in 1991 on a charge of depraved-indifference murder. He ultimately was convicted of robbery and sentenced to a term of between six years, four months and 19 years in prison, MDEA officials said.
He served “several years in a New York jail in connection with the robbery and death of an elderly man” as a result of the 1991 charges, McCausland said.
If Bradley is convicted of aggravated drug trafficking from the Dec. 8 MDEA drug bust, he could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. Three other local people also were charged in the drug bust.
Bradley most likely will appear in court in Maine first before he is sent to New York to face the stabbing charges there, a jail official said.