Wednesday, December 11, 2013
AUGUSTA -- A Cony Road man was behind bars Monday after a weekend stabbing left one man recovering at a Lewiston hospital.
Malcolm Robert Moore, 37, was charged Sunday with aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing another man during a confrontation inside the 226 Cony Road apartment building where they both live.
Moore was being held at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of 10,000 cash bail.
The victim, Aaron Francis Brunelle, 32, was taken by a LifeFlight of Maine helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center with what police described as life-threatening injuries. He was in good condition Monday morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Police were called to the Cony Road building around 1:15 a.m. Sunday for a reported stabbing. Officers arrived to find Brunelle lying on the floor while another man held a towel to his stomach, Augusta Police Detective Tori Tracy wrote in an affidavit filed in Kennebec County Superior Court.
Tracy wrote that Officer Lindell Cox saw three puncture wounds to Brunelle's abdomen.
Witnesses told police that Moore stabbed Brunelle after he told Moore to clean up a mess Moore had made in the kitchen, Tracy said.
"Moore got upset and grabbed a knife out of the kitchen and stabbed Brunelle," Tracy wrote. "Then Moore ran into his room."
Moore told police the stabbing occurred after someone banged on his apartment door and yelled a racial epithet. Tracy said Moore opened the door with a knife in his hand.
Moore told police Brunelle walked towards him and said Moore was being evicted.
"Moore states that Brunelle grabbed him in a headlock and then started punching him," Tracy said. "Moore said that he is not a fighter and all he wanted to do was get away from Brunelle."
Moore said he stabbed Brunelle to escape. "But he was sure the knife only went in about half an inch," Tracy said.
Moore told police they could find the knife on a stand near his bed.
He said he never thought to call police when someone banged on his door or after allegedly stabbing Brunelle.