Several arrested in Bartlett Street apartment house


LEWISTON — Several people were arrested in a Bartlett Street apartment house late Wednesday, including a felon from Philadelphia accused of stabbing a girl in the buttocks and threatening another with a gun.

Mark Brown, 36, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, tampering with a witness and domestic threatening.

Four others, two of them juveniles, were arrested on outstanding warrants as police swept through the tenement at 197 Bartlett St., searching for their suspect.

The drama began at about 8 p.m., police said, when a woman called to report that her daughter had been threatened by her one-time boyfriend, who was brandishing a rifle. It was also revealed that a woman had been stabbed in the buttocks by the same man several days ago, police said.

Officers were on Bartlett Street minutes later. But the crime scene was not an easy one to investigate, police said, as suspects and witnesses were scattered through a pair of apartments on the upper floors of the four-story building.

Lewiston police Lt. Michael McGonagle said the first officers on scene found the first alleged victim, a young woman who had been assaulted. Police also found Brown, who had been living with the woman in one of the apartments after coming to Lewiston from Philadelphia.

Police said they also recovered a .22-caliber rifle, a weapon Brown was prohibited from carrying due to prior felony convictions.

As they investigated, police found several minors in the apartments who were wanted on a variety of charges, McGonagle said. Officers remained at the Bartlett Street tenement into Thursday morning, sorting out the details and questioning potential witnesses. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency was assisting with the investigation.

Brown was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn where he was being held Thursday on $25,000 cash bail.

The case was still being investigated Thursday. The victims were examined for their injuries, which police described as non life-threatening.

Also arrested were 24-year old Michael Blair, of 117 Horton St., and 22-year-old Baylyn Mills, of 1405 Sabattus St. They were charged in warrants unrelated to the alleged assault.