PARIS – A Rumford man will spend six years behind bars after admitting to stabbing a man in September.

Alvah Burton Pike IV, 27, of 26 Spruce St., pleaded guilty in Oxford County Superior Court on Thursday to elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault, both Class A felonies.

A charge of attempted murder was dismissed.

Justice Roland Cole sentenced Pike to serve six years of a 20-year prison sentence. Pike must also serve four years of probation, when he must refrain from using alcohol and illegal drugs, get substance abuse counseling, have no contact with the victim, and take medication as prescribed.

According to a report by Sgt. James Bernard of the Rumford Police Department, Pike stabbed then-28-year-old Joshua Lee Mayo of Rumford several times with an illegal switchblade knife on Sept. 24.

Bernard stated that Mayo and Pike got into an argument after going to dinner at a Mexico restaurant, where they had a few drinks.

Mayo told Bernard that Pike dragged him down a set of stairs and stabbed him as he was about to enter his apartment. Mayo said Pike was shouting that he would kill him during the incident.

Mayo suffered wounds to his right arm, chest, and lower back.

He was taken to Rumford Hospital and then to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston before being released the day after the stabbing.

Pike fled the scene and was later apprehended by police at an apartment in Dixfield.

Pike had been in custody at the Oxford County Jail on $25,000 cash or $250,000 surety bail which was set at his initial appearance in South Paris District Court in September.

He has prior convictions of illegal possession of a scheduled drug in 1999, assault in 2000 and 2004, operating under the influence in 2001 and 2007, and aggravated assault in 2006.

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