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Woodland man charged in stabbing of Caribou resident on Main Street

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Vernon Baker, 32, of Woodland (Aroostook County), arrested in connection with Caribou stabbing on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009. Photo courtesy of Caribou Police Dept.)
By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

CARIBOU, Maine — A Woodland man was arrested Friday afternoon after reportedly stabbing a Caribou man earlier in the day.

Sgt. Paul Vincent of the Caribou Police Department said Friday that Vernon Baker, 32, of Woodland, is facing several charges stemming from the incident.

Vincent said police responded to a report of a stabbing at 683 Main St. just after 8 a.m., and officers found a 23-year-old male who had been stabbed in the abdomen. The knife-wielding suspect had fled the scene.

The victim was taken by the Caribou Ambulance Department to Cary Medical Center where he underwent surgery for his wounds.

A 25-year-old female also was treated for injuries suffered at the scene, but they were not stab wounds, according to police.

State police troopers brought a dog to search the area. Officers from the Limestone and Fort Fairfield police departments also assisted at the scene.

Officers were unable to immediately locate the suspect.

Later that afternoon, a warrant was issued for Baker, and he turned himself in at the Caribou Police Department just after 3 p.m. He was arrested and charged with felony assault, felony elevated aggravated assault and violation of condition of release.

Police said Baker did not know the victim.

Baker was taken to the Aroostook County Jail. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety with conditions.

Investigating were Caribou police Officers Kevin St. Peter and Craig Peterson

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