View Full Version : Portland, ME police seek 2 negros in stabbing at Denny’s: violence may have been racially motivated

04-29-2016, 06:06 AM

April 28

Portland police seek 2 men in stabbing at Denny’s restaurant

A Veazie man is listed in serious but stable condition. The violence may have been racially motivated, police say.

Portland police are investigating a stabbing early Thursday outside a Denny’s restaurant that left one man hospitalized with serious injuries.

Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch said during a news conference that the violence might have been racially motivated.

“One of the things that is being reported, is that at least at some point, racial slurs were being used,” Malloch told WCSH-TV. “Whether or not that’s what precipitated this, we still can’t say.”

The stabbing happened at the Denny’s on Brighton Avenue around 1:15 a.m., a short distance from PT’s Showclub, a strip club at 200 Riverside St., where police say a fight broke out between two groups of people.

The two groups were separated by staff at the strip club and left the business, then met up again in the Denny’s parking lot where the victim was stabbed, according to a news release issued by Lt. James Sweatt.

Police said the victim was accompanied by two men. Two women were with the suspects at the time of the confrontation. Sweatt said police are trying to locate two black men, each about 5-foot-9 with short hair.

The 31-year-old victim, a man from Veazie in Penobscot County, was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was in serious but stable condition, Sweatt said. His name had not been released as of Thursday evening.