Police search for assailant in Lewiston stabbing

Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Lewiston police officers talk with a stabbing victim at the corner of Birch and Knox streets in Lewiston on Thursday. 

LEWISTON — One man was stabbed and two others were questioned Thursday afternoon following a fight on Knox Street.

Police said the victim, 26-year-old Noel Mena, flagged them down at about 4 p.m. at Knox and Birch streets and reported he'd been stabbed.

Several officers converged on the area, but clues were in short supply: Several witnesses reported seeing nothing, police said.

However, investigators did get a tip that a possible suspect could be found in an apartment on the third floor of 22 Knox St. A man inside the apartment was questioned briefly and then led away in handcuffs.

"He had nothing to do with it," a woman yelled at police as they led away their suspect. "Nothing at all."

Police later brought a second man to the station for questioning but no charges had been filed later Thursday night. Mena told investigators he was unclear about who had stabbed him, police said.

Mena suffered a single stab wound that was not believed to be life-threatening, police said. He was taken to Central Maine Medical Center where he was treated and released early Thursday night.

The investigation was ongoing.

Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

A women listens out her window as Lewiston police officers talk with a stabbing victim at the corner of Birch and Knox streets in Lewiston on Thursday. 

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If you want to stay safe in Lewiston, then don't go out in the downtown area. This is loaded with people just looking for trouble and will kill for any reason. Sad that is has come to this because I remember a time when we could walk in the park and not worry about being harassed or injured or better yet, killed. I lived there as a young child in the 50s and it was a safe area then...until the scum took over as landlords and let anyone in that would pay them rent. They made this mess and now it will never be free of the trash.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You blame all this on the

You blame all this on the landlords. The landlords don't create the slums and unsafe conditions; the people who live there do.
I grew up in some pretty tough neighborhoods when I was young. I wouldn't drive through those neighborhhods today, let alone walk through them. Times have really changed for the worse, Linda.


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