May 26, 2018
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Suspect arrested in Newport double stabbing

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

NEWPORT, Maine — A Plymouth man is being held at the Penobscot County Jail on a charge of Class B aggravated assault after he stabbed two men early Tuesday morning at a party, Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid said.

George Curtis III, 20, fled the scene on foot after the assaults, which occurred at about 2 a.m. in the Elm Street Trailer Park in Newport. Macdaid said Curtis was tracked with the help of a police canine handled by Maine State Police Trooper Rick Moody. About three hours after the assault, Curtis’ family members persuaded him to turn himself in. He was arrested without incident at the Elm Street Trailer Park.

The victims were two 19-year-old men whom Macdaid declined to identify. One of them suffered a cut to the hand and the other was stabbed in the back. Neither injury was life-threatening, but Macdaid described the back injury as “serious.”

Macdaid said Curtis and the two victims were among a group of about five people who were drinking together. He said he does not know what events led to the assault, other than it started as a minor disturbance and escalated. Macdaid said he was awaiting details about Curtis’ criminal history and would be conducting interviews Tuesday to determine more about what happened.

Curtis was being held in the jail Tuesday morning on $1,000 bail. If he is bailed, he will not be allowed to return to the scene of the alleged assault and is to have no contact with the victims. He faces a Sept. 15 court date.

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