Saturday, April 19, 2014
WATERVILLE -- Two men were briefly hospitalized after they were stabbed in a bar fight early Friday, and so far, the victims and witnesses aren't talking to investigators.
Police found a chaotic scene at 12:30 a.m. when they were called to the Bob-In Restaurant on Temple Street -- the site of a reported stabbing. There were no signs of victims, but there was a substantial amount of blood on the floor, particularly in the bathroom, Chief Joseph Massey said.
Outside, police found a bloodied man lying next to the train tracks about a block to the east at Head of Falls and a second trail of blood leading west from the bar to an alley off Temple Street. The trail stopped about 25 feet into the alley next to a pair of prescription glasses, but there was no sign of a victim, Massey said.
Police identified Jake Dumais, 25, of Waterville, as the man at the train tracks. Dumais had slash marks across his face and ear and stab wounds to his back, near his left shoulder. He was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center's Thayer Campus, but he wouldn't tell the investigators what happened, Massey said.
"He didn't want to cooperate whatsoever to explain how he was stabbed," he said.
Massey said witnesses at the Bob-In wouldn't provide descriptions of anyone involved in the stabbing, so police called area hospitals to see if anyone had checked in with stab wounds.
Their efforts paid off.
Jaquan Pugh, 22, of Waterville, was at Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan, where he was treated for slash wounds across his face. Pugh was also short on details, Massey said.
"He said he was in the bathroom when a fight broke out behind him and somehow -- somehow -- he got slashed," Massey said.
Massey said he wasn't sure whether the glasses belong to Pugh.
Investigators believe Dumais and Pugh are withholding information. Both men were treated and released and neither has been charged, Massey said.
"I'm not willing to say these guys are victims," he said. "It's very confusing. We're not sure -- at this point -- what transpired. It makes it very difficult to investigate when no one is willing to come forward and talk to us, but that's pretty typical when we go to these barroom fights. People are very uncooperative. They are generally not fans of the police."
Massey said Waterville police have solved similar cases in the past. Not including Friday's stabbings, police have closed four out of five stabbings this year. According to reports:
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