BANGOR, Maine — The man who was stabbed Thursday night during an altercation on Warren Street remains at Eastern Maine Medical Center in “grave condition,” Assistant District Attorney Tracy Collins Lacher said during a bail hearing for the suspect accused of wielding the knife.
Anthony Bowie, 24, of Bangor was arrested Friday by Bangor police and is charged with elevated aggravated assault in connection with the stabbing reported to police about 10:40 p.m. Thursday in front of 209 Warren St.
During Bowie’s bail hearing Monday, Collins Lacher said he has several criminal convictions since 2010 including an assault from January for which he served 56 days in jail, as well as three domestic violence assault convictions, four disorderly conduct, two criminal mischief and one conviction for possession of drugs.
Collins Lacher asked for a significant cash bail and conditions not to contact the alleged victim or his wife, not to possess weapons, including knives, and not to return to Warren Street if he is released.
Superior Court Justice Ann Murray agreed and set Bowie’s bail at $50,000 surety or $25,000 cash and set all the conditions asked for by the assistant district attorney.
Adam Morin, 25, of Bangor was stabbed in the eye and the stomach and is in critical condition at EMMC, said his mother, Vicki Lynn Whitmore of Caribou, who was in court Monday for Bowie’s first appearance via video at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
“The optical nerve is severed in his left eye [and] they removed a 6-inch piece of his skull,” she said. “They can’t put it back until his whole brain stops swelling. The brain is still trying to heal and the brain is still swollen. It’s touch and go.”
Morin has been fitted with a customized helmet designed to prevent further brain injury, Whitmore said.
On Friday her son was not responding to stimuli, but he is sitting up and can communicate, she said. However, he has lost the use of his eye.
“The doctor said she did everything she could to save it,” Whitmore said. “He’s got a long road ahead of him for recovery. It’s a waiting game.”
Bowie, Morin and others were at a barbecue at the Warren Street residence, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by Bangor police Detective Tim Shaw. Witnesses at the party said Bowie was intoxicated and got upset about how a log was placed on the fire.
A witness told police Bowie decided to leave and Morin followed him “to talk him out of it.” Morin returned a short time later saying he had been stabbed.
Several other witnesses on the street gave statements to police saying a bigger male — Morin — and a smaller male — Bowie — were arguing in the street and Bowie pulled a knife.
One said Morin yelled, “Put the knife away, you’re one of my friends,” according to the affidavit.
Bowie reportedly put the knife away but the two continued to argue and “the thinner male produced the knife again and both males began throwing punches at each other. He heard the bigger male yell, ‘You stabbed me,’” the court document states.
Bowie’s mother told police he carried a folding knife with four playing card symbols on the handle. A knife matching the description with red-brown stains that tested positive for blood was recovered by police in the front yard of a nearby home on Warren Street.
Bowie’s criminal record dates to 2009, when he was 19, according to Bangor Daily News archives.
He was charged with criminal mischief and two counts of domestic assault in February 2011 after he allegedly stubbed out a cigarette on the face of one woman and punched another in the mouth.
If convicted of elevated aggravated assault, Bowie could face up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $50,000 and up to four years of probation, Murray told Bowie.
Bowie remained at Penobscot County Jail late Monday afternoon, a jail official said.