BANGOR, Maine — A transient from Georgia who was charged earlier this month with stabbing a longtime Leadbetter employee in the back has been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.
Danny Bolden Jr., 23, who recently moved to the area, was arrested June 4 and charged with elevated aggravated assault, a Class A felony. The indictment included a second charge of aggravated assault.
Police say Bolden attacked a 69-year-old store employee of Leadbetter Mini Stop on Hammond Street early on June 4 shortly after he left the store, where he has worked for more than 15 years.
The victim 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 Leadbetter with the knife still in his back. It was turned over to police at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
The victim, whose first name is Frank, said Wednesday that he was in the hospital for five days.
“I’m still recovering somewhat,” he said. “Mentally, there has been some damage.”
Frank, who is not yet working, was at the store on Wednesday.
Bolden, who could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of elevated aggravated assault, was arrested shortly after the stabbing at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.
He appeared in court at the Penobscot Judicial Center by teleconference from the Penobscot County Jail on June 6 and his bail was set at $100,000 cash.
Judge Gregory 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 remains in jail, unable to post the high bail.