BANGOR, Maine — A District Court judge Wednesday set bail at $100,000 cash for the man accused of stabbing a local convenience store employee despite a defense attorney’s argument that there was not enough probable cause to lodge the charge.
Judge Gregory Campbell ruled there was probable cause to charge
Danny Bolden Jr. with elevated aggravated assault, a Class A felony. The judge also said that probable cause was a much lower standard than beyond a reasonable doubt, which would be required for a conviction in a trial.
Bolden, 23, a transient who recently moved to Bangor from Georgia, appeared in court at the Penobscot Judicial Center by teleconference from the Penobscot County Jail. He is not expected to post the high bail requested by the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.
Campbell said that he set the high bail, in part, because Bolden has two robbery convictions and an escape conviction out of Connecticut. The judge also said that he considered the allegations to be very serious.
Bolden was arrested Monday afternoon and charged in connection with an assault on an employee of Leadbetters Mini Stop, located at the intersection of Hammond and Union streets.
The 69-year-old male victim was attacked while walking home from work early Monday morning, according to police reports filed Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. He told police that he was walking across the parking lot of Grace United Methodist Church when he heard footsteps approaching him from behind.
“[The victim] stated that it sounded like the person was running or walking very fast,” a police report filed in court said. “At first [the victim] believed this person punched him on the back. He didn’t realize he had been stabbed until his clothing didn’t move right.”
The victim stumbled back to Leadbetters to seek help from a co-worker, according to a police report. The knife was still in his back. It was turned over to police at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
The victim’s condition was not immediately available Wednesday evening.
Jeremiah Haley, the Bangor attorney who represented Bolden at his initial appearance, argued that his client was not positively identified by the victim in a photo array, his fingerprints were not found on the knife and police went looking for a man the victim described as a “skinny mulatto” but they arrested a skinny, dark-skinned black man.
In his interview with police, Bolden repeatedly denied stabbing the victim, the attorney said.
According to information filed Wednesday, Bolden suffers from schizophrenia and has not been taking his medication. Campbell scheduled a hearing Friday morning to decide whether Bolden should undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is able to assist in his own defense and understands the charge lodged against him.
If convicted, Bolden faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.