BANGOR, Maine — A store employee of Leadbetter Mini Stop on Hammond Street left the store early Monday and was stabbed in the back, police and a store employee said. A transient from Georgia was later arrested in the case.
Police started looking for a “young-looking” thin black man last seen wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt and black pants running toward downtown at around 6:35 a.m., and got a tip that he was at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.
Daniel Bolden, 23, a transient who recently moved here from Georgia, was arrested and charged with elevated aggravated assault, a Class A felony. Bolden could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
The stabbing reportedly occurred behind Cakes by Jan, located across the street from the store, which is at the corner of Ohio and Hammond streets.
The male victim, 69, suffered injuries that are not life-threatening and was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center’s emergency room, Edwards said.
Another store clerk, who asked not to be identified, said the injured man was a longtime employee who had just left the store when he was attacked.
“They believe right now that he’s going to be OK,” she said.
Bolden first stayed at the homeless shelter in early May, shelter director Dennis Marble said. “He’s been in town at least a month.”
Marble said he went up to the store and spoke with owner Scott Leadbetter and was glad to hear the employee was going to be all right.
The stabbing is the second to occur in the Queen City in the last two weeks. A man was fatally stabbed on First Street on May 22 in a group fight. Police are still investigating that homicide and no arrests have been made.
The shelter, which is “pretty close to full every night,” is in the process of reviewing and possibly updating its safety protocols after seeing an increase in drug-related behavior and threats to safety in the area, Marble said.
Things are only going to get worse with decreases in state funding, the homeless shelter director said. “Cutting … services is not going to help.”
Those with information about the attack may call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. Anonymous messages can be left on the tip line by pressing extension 6.