June 20, 2018
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Autopsy performed on man found dead in Bangor apartment

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An autopsy was performed Thursday on a man whose body was found Wednesday night in a Court Street apartment and whose death police are calling suspicious.

Neighbors of a woman who lives in the apartment building said she told them she had been raped by a man and had stabbed him, but Bangor police released few details about the case and by Thursday evening had made no arrests and still had not released the identity of the victim.

Police were called to 67 Court St. for a report of a disorderly person about 9:35 p.m. Wednesday and found a man in his mid-40s dead on the floor of an upstairs apartment, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

The department’s Criminal Investigations Division was at the scene Thursday morning and is working with the state medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death of the man.

“It’s a suspicious death,” Edwards said.

Edwards, a blood splatter expert, said he is assisting in the case.

When asked if anyone was in custody, the sergeant said, “I can tell you there is no threat to the public.” Later, at the scene, Edwards added, “We know who the players are in this particular case.”

No one has been arrested, he said.

“The male has been identified and we are in the process of notifying his family,” Lt. Tim Reid, who leads the department’s detective division, said Thursday afternoon.

“I expect [his name] will be released tomorrow,” the lieutenant said.

An autopsy was conducted at the medical examiner’s officer in Augusta and “is pending further investigation,” Reid said late Thursday afternoon.

Gabriella Colson, who lives on the second floor of the three-story apartment building, said Thursday morning that she called police Wednesday night after hearing a woman, also a resident of the building, arguing in the hallway about some missing laundry.

“She said someone raped her and she stabbed him,” Colson said of the woman.

A 25-year-old male resident of the seven-unit apartment building, as well as a first-floor resident, Amanda Hamblen, also told the Bangor Daily News what they saw.

The man said he went out into his hallway Wednesday night when he heard arguing about the missing clothes and the woman told him she had to go because police were after her.

“I asked her why police were after her and she said, ‘I was raped and stabbed a guy,'” said the man, who asked not to be identified.

He said police arrived a short time later and went to the top floor to investigate.

Hamblen said she and a friend, who was missing some laundry, confronted the woman about it Wednesday night.

“She muttered something about blood,” Hamblen said.

Edwards would not say if the dead man was in the apartment rented by the woman identified by the neighbors. The woman is one of many people police spoke to about the death, the sergeant said.

When asked if the man was stabbed, Edwards said, “We heard that.” He said details about the death need to come from the medical examiner’s officer because of the ongoing investigation.

A Bangor Fire Department ambulance responded to the scene initially, Edwards said. The three neighbors said a defibrillator was taken upstairs shortly after the ambulance crew arrived.

The victim’s body was removed from the seven-unit apartment building at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Colson said.

Hamblen, who recently graduated with a medical assistant’s degree, said she lives alone and is frightened by what happened.

“I’m scared to death,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot of cop cars recently. I kind of think they should have seen this coming.”

The woman described by Hamblen and the other neighbors has a lengthy criminal history, including a couple of arrests earlier this month, according to Bangor Daily News archives. The BDN is not naming her because she has not been charged.

Hamblen said that with all the crime in the area, she is planning to move in the near future.

Standing outside the apartment building Thursday morning, she said one detail about Wednesday night still sends shivers down her back.

“Her dog was barking and barking,” Hamblen said of the woman. “We thought it was weird, but now it makes sense.”

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