June 22, 2018
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19-year-old transient held in Ellsworth stabbing case

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A 19-year-old transient accused of stabbing another man on Friday night remained in custody Monday.

According to Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department, Justin Frye was arrested late Friday night after the stabbing incident at the Ellsworth Shopping Center on High Street.

The incident began in the shopping center parking lot around 7:30 p.m. What started as a verbal argument between Frye and two other men may have been a continuation of a disagreement earlier in the week in Blue Hill, Page said. The argument remained verbal and the group of men eventually parted. Frye and a fourth man got into Frye’s vehicle. The two other men were walking away when one of them kicked the side of Frye’s vehicle.

At that point, Page said, Frye got out of his vehicle and came up behind the man closest to him and attacked him with a hunting knife.

β€œHe stabbed him four times, three times in the back and once in the upper arm,” Page said.

The victim was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital where he was treated for the four wounds. There was no indication of his condition, but his wounds were not considered to be life-threatening.

Police have recovered the hunting knife, which has a 6- to 7-inch blade, according to Page.

Frye was arrested and taken to the Hancock County Jail where he remained in custody late Monday afternoon.



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