South Portland transient arrested in 'targeted' stabbing

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SOUTH PORTLAND — A 40-year-old transient has been arrested in connection to two assaults of the same man this week. 

At 5:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, officers were dispatched to the Mill Creek area for a report of a male who had been stabbed. The initial investigation indicated that a 24-year-old transient had been threatened, assaulted, restrained and cut by a knife by another male transient near Thomas Knight Park, according to Lt. Frank Clark in a news release. 

The victim was transported to Maine Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Within hours, the suspect was identified as Seth Knox, a transient “frequenting the area.”

Two days later, around 5:25 p.m., police responded to another reported attack from the same male victim, who said he was accosted and threatened by Knox in the Mill Creek area.

According to the release, officers who had been searching for Knox quickly responded to the area of Soule Street and took Knox into custody. A knife, suspected to have been used in Tuesday’s assault, was recovered.

Knox was arrested and transported to the Cumberland County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, a Class B felony, and two counts of criminal threatening. The release, sent just before noon on Friday, said he is “due to be arraigned in the Portland Unified Court later today.”

“It should be noted that this was a targeted, and not a random, attack,” Clark said.