May 23, 2019

Resident of Brewer stabbed; transient arrested by police

BREWER – A local man is in stable condition after receiving life-threatening stab wounds Saturday night, according to Brewer police.

Police received a call at 9:15 p.m. saying that a person had been stabbed at 446 North Main St.

Arriving at the scene, police found the 28-year-old victim lying in the driveway with several stab wounds to his upper torso area.

The suspect, Larry Gagne, had fled the premises before police arrived. Gagne, a 28-year-old transient with possible ties to New Hampshire, was apprehended at 2:30 a.m. Sunday after he was stopped by a Brewer police officer on Betton Street in Brewer.

A knife, which police believe was used in the stabbing, was found in Gagne’s possession when he was arrested. Police are continuing to search for evidence at the victim’s North Main Street apartment building, but they say the altercation likely took place outdoors in the driveway area.

Gagne has been charged with elevated aggravated assault and remained at the Penobscot County Jail on Sunday. His bail has been set at $25,000 cash. The suspect is scheduled to be arraigned at Penobscot County Superior Court on Oct. 8.

“The victim is stable,” Brewer police Lt. Perry Antone said. “At this point, we’re not sure just what the extent of his injuries are.”

The Maine State Police Criminal Investigation Division was brought in to help with the investigation because the victim’s wounds were life-threatening.

Now that the victim is in stable condition, Brewer police will act as the lead investigators of the incident, Antone said.

Antone reported the two men knew each other and said police do not think the assault was random. It is unknown whether alcohol was involved, according to the lieutenant.

Other residents of the North Main Street apartment building witnessed the incident and police were busy interviewing them Sunday afternoon.

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