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Lincoln stabbing suspects face new charges for Walmart incident

Posted Sept. 18, 2012, at 4:53 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Two people charged in connection with stabbings that left three people wounded on Enfield Road in late July are facing new charges that they threatened people at Walmart, police said Tuesday.

Walter Cote III, 43, and Andrea Carlow, 21, both of 665 Enfield Road, were charged Saturday night with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. Cote was also charged with criminal threatening, police said.

Cote posted $500 bail and Carlow was released on $1,000 unsecured bail from the Penobscot County Jail early Sunday, a jail worker said Tuesday.

The incident began for police when Walmart workers called 911 to report people making threats at the West Broadway store at about 8 p.m. Saturday. Lincoln police Sgt. Glenn Graef and Officer Marc Fucile went to the store, then found on nearby Marietta Drive two people that store workers identified. They recognized both as Cote and Carlow, Police Chief William Lawrence said.

He said the suspects came back onto the Walmart property and the officers tried to get them to leave, but Cote and Carlow continued to make threats. They also tried to talk to the officers about the stabbing incident, which the officers declined to discuss, Lawrence said.

The yelling and threats continued until Graef finally pulled his Taser and ordered at least one of the suspects to the ground, Lawrence said.

Cote and Carlow were released from the jail on Sept. 12 after a judge sentenced them to time served for the stabbing incident, which occurred on July 11, a jail worker said. Both were charged initially with aggravated assault. Two victims suffered minor wounds but the third required surgery at Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, police said.

The incident began when the Penobscot County Regional Dispatch Center got a 911 call about 10:50 p.m. July 11 reporting several stabbings and a suspect with a gun at 219 Enfield Road. When the officers arrived they found several people claiming to have been stabbed and saw two people with blood on them, police said. The third victim was eventually identified.

The two suspects, identified as Cote and Carlow, had taken off on Enfield Road on foot. Officers arrested them a few minutes later. Investigators eventually learned that the incident was a family dispute over a smashed sliding glass door at a relative’s house on Taylor Street. What apparently began as an argument escalated into blows.

Carlow said during a court appearance on July 27 that she and Cote, her boyfriend, got involved in the fight in an attempt to defend Cote’s 16-year-old son.

Carlow is due in Lincoln District Court on Nov. 6 to answer the charges from Saturday’s incident. Cote is due in court on Dec. 4, Lawrence said.

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