LINCOLN, Maine — Two people were arrested and three wounded in an apparent stabbing at an Enfield Road home Wednesday night that arose from a family dispute that began on Taylor Street, Police Chief William Lawrence said Thursday.
Boyfriend and girlfriend Walter Cote III, 42, and Andrea Carlow, 21, both of 665 Enfield Road, were charged with aggravated assault and taken to the Penobscot County Jail, police said.
One victim, a man, underwent surgery at Penobscot Valley Hospital and was in stable condition Thursday. The others, both women, were released, said Lawrence, who declined to release their names.
Police had initially said that at least two people were stabbed.
The incident began for Officers Brandi Alton and Mark Fucile when the Penobscot County Regional Dispatch Center got a 911 call about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday reporting several stabbings and a suspect with a gun at 219 Enfield Road. When the officers arrived they found several people claiming to have been stabbed and saw two people with blood on them, police said. The third victim was eventually identified.
The witnesses said the two suspects had taken off down Enfield Road on foot. Officers arrested them a few minutes later. Several officers from other agencies, including Maine State Police Trooper Larry Anderson and Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamie Kennedy, assisted local police with the initial 911 response, Lawrence said.
Lincoln reserve police Officer Roy Bickford, Officer John Walsh and Lawrence also responded eventually, Lawrence said.
No weapons have been found. Trooper Josh D’Angelo and his trained search dog, Junior, started combing Enfield Road about 10 a.m. Thursday but found nothing, Lawrence said.
Details regarding the incident and what set it off were somewhat scarce, Lawrence said.
“Some of this information was not forthcoming last night. It sometimes takes awhile for information to develop,” said Lawrence, who ascribed the delay to the complexity of the incident, the primary victim’s medical woes and some witnesses’ initial reluctance to speak.
“They have been cooperative,” Lawrence said of the witnesses.
Detective David Cram, who is handling the investigation, re-canvassed the area and the crime scene after interviewing the male victim at the hospital on Thursday, Lawrence said. Cram also spoke with medical personnel who handled the injured man and searched for video or other documentary evidence of the crime.
Alton had dealt with the family over the weekend attempting to moderate a family dispute on Taylor Street, Lawrence said. He declined to say what motivated the dispute but said he believed that Carlow was related to the two female victims.
Several within the group at the Enfield Road home were related, Lawrence said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Cram at 794-8455. All calls will be kept confidential, police said.
The suspects each are being held on $10,000 bail. They are due in court in Bangor on Oct. 11, police said.