Portland transient arrested after assaulting blind man

Posted Aug. 28, 2012, at 4:40 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland transient was arrested early Tuesday after a fight with an acquaintance who is blind in one eye, police said.

Edgar Stockdale, 57, was smoking a cigarette outside his State Street home around 2:30 a.m. when Richard Gregory, 61, approached, according to Portland police Lt. Scott Pelletier.

Pelletier said the two men are “familiar with each other,” and when Gregory approached, he started talking to Stockdale in an incoherent manner about a war.

“He didn’t specifically say what war,” Pelletier said.

Stockdale gave Gregory a couple cigarettes and before Gregory tried to leave, he pushed Stockdale down, punched him in the head and pressed his thumbs into the eye socket of Stockdale’s good eye, Pelletier said.

Gregory was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, a Class C felony, and booked into the Cumberland County Jail. Stockdale was taken to Maine Medical Center, where he underwent surgery, Pelletier said.

“It’s a possibility that he may lose sight in the other eye,” he said.

Stockdale remains at the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

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