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$1 million bail for suspect in stabbing attack on Lewiston officer

LEWISTON — Lewiston Police Cpl. Michael Dumond was stabbed five times early Monday morning while he and other officers negotiated with a man suspected of domestic violence.

Dumond was taken to Central Maine Medical Center and treated for wounds to his hand and chest and back that were not considered life-threatening.

Jonathan Order, 27, of 113 College St., was arrested and charged with aggravated attempted murder, two counts of assault on a police officer and violating conditions of release.

He was also charged with two counts of assault on corrections officers, trafficking in prison contraband and aggravated assault-domestic violence by Sabattus police.

Order’s bail was set at $1 million Monday afternoon, and he remained in Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn. He’s scheduled to be back in 8th District Court on Dec. 22.

Lewiston police went to Order’s second-floor College Street apartment at 2:28 a.m. Monday to arrest him on the Sabattus charges. Police said those charges stemmed from an incident that occurred two hours earlier in Sabattus. 

A woman said that Order, her on-again, off-again boyfriend, had choked her in a car across the street from Mixers Nightclub and Bar on Sabattus Road just after midnight. She said she jumped from the car, hitting her head on the pavement and that Order tried to hit her with the car. She ran into a nearby convenience store and called police while Order fled.

According to the arrest affidavit, the Lewiston officers could hear Order talking on the phone in his College Street apartment but he refused to open the door. He told officers he would not surrender and threatened, “I am going to kill every pig out there.” He also said he wished he had a gun, according to the affidavit. He also said he was placing a lit blowtorch near the door.

Lewiston police negotiated with him for more than 30 minutes, with Order eventually opening the door twice, then slamming it closed quickly.

Dumond managed to slip his flashlight into the doorway the second time Order opened it, keeping the door propped open.

Order responded by throwing the door open again and allegedly attacking Dumond and other officers while they struggled with him.

Dumond was stabbed five times — three times in the chest, once in the back and once in the hand he used to block Order’s blows. Order managed to slip back into the apartment before the other officers could get past the injured officer. Dumond was taken to CMMC, according to a news release.

Order surrendered unarmed four minutes later and was taken to Androscoggin County Jail, where, police said, he was found with a plastic bag containing five 10 milligram pills of Diazepam clenched in his buttocks.

He was taken to an observation room to be strip-searched, where he struck Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Clevenger and Officer Greg Mailhot, saying, according to the affidavit, “He had already been in one fight tonight and why stop now.”

He was eventually subdued and placed in a restraint chair.

Police searched Order’s apartment later Monday morning and found a folding knife with a three-inch blade and a blowtorch.


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