Man dies after stabbing on Elm Street in Bangor

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 29, 2012, at 3:04 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police are investigating a stabbing on Elm Street early Saturday morning that left a man dead.

The victim’s name, age and hometown had yet to be released as of Sunday afternoon, pending the results of an autopsy being conducted by the Office of the State Medical Examiner, Bangor police Lt. Tim Reed said. The autopsy results were not available on Sunday.

“As far as I know, it’ll be sometime next week,” Reed said.

Police were called to 80 Elm St. about 2:30 a.m. after receiving a report that a man had been stabbed, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Saturday during an interview at the police station.

Officers found a man at the residence who was injured. The victim was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he died late Saturday morning, Edwards said.

The residence is a two-unit apartment building. Edwards said several people were present when the incident occurred.

As of Sunday, no one had been charged or arrested in connection with the incident.

Edwards said that the medical examiner will confirm the victim’s identity and determine the cause and manner of death.

According to Edwards, the person allegedly involved in the stabbing was another male who is believed to be a resident of 80 Elm St. He said investigators do not believe the man who died lived there.

Edwards declined Saturday to say whether investigators believe that the stabbing was a matter of self-defense.

“We’re looking at every possibility. That is a possibility. But again, we know who’s involved,” he said.

“Right now, nobody’s in custody in the case,” he added. “We’ll know a lot more after the autopsy. The autopsy will give us the cause and manner of death and we can go on that and decide if the Attorney General’s Office has to be involved not.

“Both those people knew each other. There was a relationship between the two and we’re still wading through all that. Interviews are still ongoing,” he said. “We have a pretty good understanding of what happened. Nobody’s going anywhere here, so we’re just going to wait for the medical examiner to give us some direction.”

The Bangor Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Evidence Response Team are investigating the incident.

Edwards also confirmed that there had been another altercation in the area before the stabbing took place.

“I do not know if they were related or not,” he said of the altercation.

As of late Saturday afternoon, it was unclear what led to the stabbing, Edwards said.

“The call just came in definitely as a stabbing so really there’s no indication of a fight or altercation or anything at all that had gone on. That will come up in the investigation,” he said.

“This incident was not a random act and there is no threat to the public,” he said.

Edwards urged anyone who heard or saw anything unusual in the Elm Street area early Saturday morning to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by pressing extension 6.

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