Penobscot man charged with aggravated assault after distress call leads to stabbing

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PENOBSCOT — A domestic disturbance call escalated into a violent confrontation early Thursday, according to a press release from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

Officials said the Regional Communications Center received a call at 4:51 a.m. from a woman reporting a medical emergency involving a man in Penobscot.

The call was disconnected 20 minutes later.

Deputy Justin Burnett responded to the scene about 8 minutes after the call ended and found the female caller had been stabbed.

She identified the man, who had since fled into nearby woods.

The woman was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

As additional law enforcement arrived to aid in the search, the suspect, identified as Michael Bakeman, 33, emerged from the woods and was apprehended without further incident.

He was also treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Bakeman has been charged with Domestic Violence Elevated Aggravated Assault and will be taken to Hancock County Jail following medical clearance.

During the incident, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office received support from the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit, the Tactical Team, Peninsula Ambulance Corps, Bucksport Ambulance, and the Penobscot and Castine Fire Departments.

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