Bath man charged with stabbing girlfriend

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BATH — A Washington Street man was arrested Monday morning for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend in the neck several times.

Matthew T. Wycoff, 28, was charged with the Class A crime of elevated aggravated assault.

Police said they responded to a call at a Washington Street apartment at 6:54 a.m. Monday morning and found the 38-year-old woman with serious stab wounds in her neck. The officers learned from her and witnesses that Wycoff, described as her live-in boyfriend, attacked her with a knife after an argument and drove off in a black Kia SUV.

Wycoff’s description was circulated to area law enforcement agencies, and at 7:34 a.m. Topsham Police Officers Randy Cook and William Collins found Wycoff at Gibb’s gas station on Main Street in Topsham. They arrested him and turned him over to Bath Police Officer Andrew Booth.

Topsham police “did such a great job finding him so quickly,” Bath Police Lt. Stan Cielinski said later Monday morning.

The victim, who police would not identify, was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland with stab wounds to her neck and shoulder. Police said she was in serious, but stable condition.

Cielinski said she is “very lucky to be alive,” noting that the knife blade actually broke while Wycoff allegedly attacked the woman.

Wycoff’s bail was set at $100,000 cash. He was being held at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.