April 07, 2020
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Man hospitalized after hatchet attack in Lewiston

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A man found bleeding with gash wounds from a hatchet was hospitalized Wednesday after police were called to a fight in an apartment building at 259 Sabattus St. in Lewiston around 11 p.m.

In an unrelated incident Thursday in Lewiston, a man pulled a hatchet on a tow truck operator. The Sun Journal reported both incidents.

The unidentified man injured Wednesday in the hatchet attack was taken to the hospital to have the cuts stitched and then was released, the newspaper said.

The newspaper said police were still investigating the incident Thursday. No charges had been filed with the district attorney’s office by 4 p.m. Police and the district attorney were not available for comment late in the day.

“There was some kind of argument that took place between the second and third floor tenant,” Lewiston police Lt. David St. Pierre told the Sun Journal. “Some injuries were sustained, and there was a hatchet involved, or said to have been involved.”

St. Pierre said his detectives were getting “limited cooperation” from those involved in the altercation.

In the incident Thursday, police went to another part of Sabattus Street near Wood Street to follow up on a report that a man with a hatchet was reportedly attacking a man who came to repossess his car, the newspaper reported.

St. Pierre said that incident seemed to result from a misunderstanding. The man with the hatchet thought his car was being stolen, but when he learned it was being repossessed he put the hatchet away, police said.

There were no injuries, and the tow truck driver did not press charges.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the day and time of the incident.

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