May 28, 2020
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South Thomaston man charged after stabbing

WARREN, Maine — A South Thomaston man who was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing a Warren man multiple times early Sunday has since been released on $1,000 bail.

The victim, who received 10 stab and slash wounds to his abdomen, has been released from the hospital and is at home with his grandmother, Detective Dwight Burtis of the Knox County Sheriff’s Department said.

Burtis said the two men were at a get-together at the victim’s home, when the victim and Ryan Kelly, 33, of South Thomaston got into a fistfight.

“There was a lot of drinking involved,” Burtis said. “It [the fight] was over two beers, as I understand.”

Friends broke up the fight, the detective said, but moments later the two men started fighting again and this time a weapon — a pocketknife — was involved.

Another person at the get-together called 911 around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center where he was stabilized and then taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

“They were concerned about internal organ damage,” Burtis said of caregivers at Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

The victim is now at home with his grandmother, the detective said Tuesday.

Kelly also was treated at Penobscot Bay Medical Center for injuries. He had head wounds, including two black eyes, from being punched, Burtis said.

“It was a mutual combat,” the detective said.

Kelly has been charged with Class B aggravated assault, which is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and up to a $20,000 fine.

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