The Mars Hill IGA. Credit: Melissa Lizotte / The Presque Isle Star-Herald

MARS HILL, Maine — A Blaine man has been arrested following a random stabbing at the Mars Hill IGA on Wednesday that sent a woman to a local hospital.

Ramadan Muhammad, 45, was charged with aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.

Muhammad allegedly stabbed an older woman at the store about 12:20 p.m. The attack prompted the Maine State Police to advise Mars Hill residents to shelter in place until the situation was resolved.

He was later arrested at his home.

Police determined that the attack was unprovoked and had no clear target.

“It was quite graphic, and was a very unfortunate event,” said Mars Hill IGA store owner Josh Tweedie, who witnessed the attack over the store’s security footage.

“It was a total act of random violence, that had no reasoning at all, and it appears to really be an isolated incident,” Tweedie said. “The victim was a regular customer in the store, and while I have seen the assailant out in the community before, I can’t say for sure if he was a regular customer in the store.”

The victim, whose name has not been released, is in stable condition at an area hospital.

Muhammad is being held on $100,000 bail at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

David DiMinno

David grew up in New York, and moved to Maine to study political science at the University of Maine. In his spare time, he loves hiking, playing tennis and skiing.