Man, woman charged in stabbing in Sullivan

Sgt. Alden Bustard (left) and Sgt. Tim Varney (right) of the Maine State Police stand on either side of a man taken into custody in connection with a reported stabbing Wednesday morning in Sullivan.
Bill Trotter | BDN
Sgt. Alden Bustard (left) and Sgt. Tim Varney (right) of the Maine State Police stand on either side of a man taken into custody in connection with a reported stabbing Wednesday morning in Sullivan.
Posted July 30, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
Last modified July 30, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
A woman believed to have been involved in a stabbing Wednesday morning in Sullivan stands with officers after they caught her behind a barn on Morancy Pond Road.
Bill Trotter | BDN
A woman believed to have been involved in a stabbing Wednesday morning in Sullivan stands with officers after they caught her behind a barn on Morancy Pond Road.

SULLIVAN, Maine — Two residents were arrested Wednesday morning after being involved in an altercation on Ashville Road that resulted in two people suffering stab wounds, according to state police.

The two arrested in the incident left the scene, a mobile home on the corner of Dead End Lane, before police arrived. The stabbing was reported around 9 a.m.

William Gatcomb, 44 of Sullivan was taken into custody by police approximately 90 minutes later when they found him walking along Morancy Pond Road, roughly a mile from where the altercation had taken place. Gatcomb, who appeared to have an injury to his right eye, was charged with assault, according to Sgt. Tim Varney.

Police took Gatcomb to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth to be treated for injuries he suffered during the initial altercation. He then was taken to Hancock County Jail.

Around 11 a.m., Rachel Dwyer, 41, of Sullivan was taken into custody by police using a search dog who found her hiding behind a shed on Morancy Pond Road about a half mile from where Gatcomb was apprehended. She was charged with aggravated assault and also taken to Hancock County Jail.

Varney said that none of the injuries are considered life-threatening and that only one of the victims was taken to the hospital for treatment. A few minutes after the stabbing was reported, a man with a bandage on the back of his neck and a bloody towel draped over his shoulder was walking around and talking to Maine State Police troopers outside the mobile home where the alleged stabbings took place.

Police still are trying to determine what led to the altercation, according to Varney.

Maine State Police was assisted by members of the Gouldsboro Police Department, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, state fire marshal’s office, County Ambulance and Sullivan Fire Department. Trooper Chris Smith is the primary investigator.

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