Two arrested following Patterson Hill stabbing, tire slashing
Belfast — A local man and woman were arrested in connection with a reported stabbing at a residence on Patterson Hill Sunday morning, June 22.
Latisha Roberts, 33, of Searsport, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, criminal mischief and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon after the alleged series of events, which occurred at about 10 a.m.
Also arrested in connection with the incident was 48-year-old Anthony Knight of Belfast, who was charged with violating a protection from abuse order.
According to Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden, police responded to an anonymous call reporting audible screaming about a knife.
As police were en route to the residence, officers encountered a vehicle at the intersection of Patterson Hill and Robbins Road that matched the description of one that had just left the scene.
McFadden said officers stopped the vehicle and found the driver, a 30-year-old female, had a "fairly significant laceration" on her left arm and was in the process of driving herself of Waldo County General Hospital for treatment. The woman refused an ambulance, and McFadden said the wound did not appear to be life threatening.
Both the alleged female victim and a male passenger who was with her in the vehicle told the officer that Roberts had cut her with a knife.
Roberts was still at the residence, McFadden said.
While at the scene, the officers learned Roberts had slashed the tires on Knight's car, which had been parked in the driveway. The female victim became involved when she noticed Roberts was also attempting to puncture the tires on her van, which was also parked outside the residence.
"[The victim] confronted Latisha [Roberts], and that's when the stabbing occurred," McFadden said.
Police also observed that Roberts had an infant and a young child in the back of her vehicle as all of the events unfolded, and McFadden said the oldest child was visibly upset by the situation. Officers on scene contacted a relative to come and pick up the two children, who were not physically harmed.
McFadden said police have since reported the alleged incident to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
Knight was arrested as well because Roberts, Knight's ex-girlfriend, had a protection order against him. McFadden said Knight's arrest was not a result of the contact he had with Roberts Sunday morning, but because police learned he and Roberts had spent much of the previous day together in violation of the order.
The female stabbing victim was a relative of Knight's, McFadden said. She was treated and released from the hospital that same day.
Knight is scheduled to appear at 5th District Court in Belfast Tuesday, July 22. Roberts is slated to appear at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast Thursday, July 31.