April 6, 2010

Police: Man, 45, stabbed at home

SKOWHEGAN -- A Skowhegan man was stabbed in the face and hand early Sunday when he tried to stop two young men from entering his home, police say.

The 45-year-old man needed stitches after a fight with a 24- and 17-year-old at about 2 a.m. outside his house on Back Road.

Randall Lee Brackett, 24, of West Front Street, Skowhegan, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, aggravated criminal trespassing and violating his probation. The 17-year-old Skowhegan male was arrested and charged with assault, sale and use of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by consumption by a juvenile.

The juvenile was not identified by Skowhegan Police Chief Michael Emmons. The alleged victim was not identified at his request.

Bethany Stevens, 24, of Skowhegan, also was arrested on a charge of violating probation.

The man and his wife had been gathered with friends, when Stevens brought the two young men to the house, Emmons said. They had been drinking, and an argument ensued, Emmons said. So, the man asked them to leave and escorted them outside.

The two returned, however, and tried to enter the house. A struggle occurred outside, and Brackett pulled a knife and stabbed the man in the face and hand, Emmons said. While the man was down, the 17-year-old reportedly kicked and punched him.

The wife of the alleged victim called 911 during the fight. Sgt. Keith Bigger and Officer David Tims responded.

The man was treated at the scene but told police he would go to the hospital on his own, which he later did.

The three arrested were taken to Somerset County Jail. Brackett's bail stands at $20,000 cash.

Erin Rhoda -- 474-9534

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