CARIBOU, Maine — Caribou police are investigating a stabbing that occurred on Wednesday at a Franklin Street residence.
The stabbing was reported about 9:40 a.m. by the victim, a juvenile female whose name is being withheld because of her age, Caribou Police Chief Mike Gahagan said Thursday.
Gahagan said the female, who suffered a superficial wound to her abdomen, told police that she had been stabbed by an unknown individual and that her attacker then left.
After the stabbing, the girl was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou, was treated and then released, he said.
He said that the suspect was described as having brown eyes and wearing dark clothing and a mask at the time of the incident.
“We believe it was an isolated case and the [general public] shouldn’t be alarmed,” he said, adding that the department was fortunate in that it has received grants that have allowed it to beef up local police patrols. When the incident was reported, he said, two Caribou officers were only a street away.
“This is one of those times when [additional funding] comes in handy,” Gahagan said.
Gahagan said that Caribou police were assisted by the state police and by an officer with a tracking dog from the Presque Isle Police Department. Other area law enforcement agencies were notified, he said.
He said that physical evidence gathered at the crime scene is being processed and that police are interviewing a possible witness and canvassing the neighborhood in the hope of generating leads in the case.
Gahagan asked that anyone with information about the incident call the Caribou Police Department at 493-3301.