A 32-year-old Rockland man will remain in jail after a judge set bail Friday at $50,000 cash on charges that he stabbed two people, one seriously.

And the prosecution said suspect George Gilmore had a long criminal record in Connecticut, including illegal sexual contact with a child and assault.

In setting bail, Judge Beth Dobson cited the seriousness of the charges, which could result in a prison term of 30 years. Gilmore made his initial appearance Dec. 8 in Knox County Unified Court on charges of elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody had sought $100,000 cash bail because of the seriousness of the crimes, what the prosecutor said was a lack of a connection to Rockland which would make him a flight risk if released from jail, and Gilmore's criminal record.

Gilmore moved to Rockland in June from Bridgeport, Conn. He had just gotten out of jail, where he served a two-year sentence for assault, Baroody said. His convictions included a 2006 conviction for illegal sexual contact with a child in which he received a completely suspended 10-year jail sentence. There were also later probation violations, and convictions for failure to register as a sex offender, Baroody said.

Defense attorney William Pagnano asked for bail to be set at $5,000 cash, saying Gilmore would not be able to raise any higher bail.

He also challenged the claim that Gilmore had no ties to Rockland. He said Gilmore's wife is a lifelong Rockland resident. He has two children and he works at a local retail store, Pagnano said. Gilmore had several family members in attendance at the hearing.

Gilmore was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Rockland Dunkin' Donuts, where police said he fled on foot after the stabbings, which occurred about noon at an apartment in the Knox Apartments on Knox Street.

One stabbing victim, Morgan Robinson, 33, of Rockland, was listed Thursday morning in satisfactory condition, according to a spokeswoman at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Robinson suffered stab wounds to his neck and back. He was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and was then flown by a LifeFlight helicopter to MMC.

Monica Robinson, 28, suffered superficial knife wounds.

The assistant district attorney told the judge that Gilmore told police he snapped during an argument with Morgan Robinson and stabbed him.

Gilmore is next scheduled to be in court Jan. 25. He has asked for an attorney to be appointed for him. Dobson prohibited Gilmore from having contact with his wife, because she is a potential witness in the case.

Pagnano said the apartment where the four adults and children lived was being rented by Gilmore and his wife and they had allowed the Robinsons to move in.

An affidavit filed by police in Knox County Unified Court stated that Gilmore had yelled for Morgan Robinson to come back upstairs and pick up underwear he left on the bathroom floor following a shower. This led to an argument and Gilmore went to the basement and began a shouting match with Robinson.

The argument then turned to Gilmore's alleged treatment of one of the children in the apartment. Robinson told Gilmore he felt the treatment of the child was abuse. Gilmore denied he was being abusive, according to the affidavit.

Gilmore then tackled Robinson, who was facing away from him, and they fell onto a bed. Witnesses told police that Gilmore continued to strike Robinson. Monica Robinson tried to pull Gilmore off Morgan Robinson, but he continued the attack until she said she would call the police. Gilmore then left.

Monica Robinson told police she did not see the knife and did not know Morgan Robinson had been stabbed until she saw him covered in blood and he said he felt like he was breathing bubbles and felt like he was going to die, according to the affidavit. She did not notice her injury until that point.

Police and emergency medical services were called.

Officers responded and received a description of Gilmore, who was subsequently found inside a bathroom at Dunkin' Donuts at the intersection of Main and North Main streets. Witnesses said the man had blood on him when he came into the business.

Police evacuated the employees and customers in the business before entering the bathroom and handcuffing the man. Clothing was found inside the bathroom.

Gilmore was then taken by police to a Thomaston ambulance in the store parking lot and then to Pen Bay Medical Center before being taken to the jail in Rockland. Thomaston backed up Rockland because its ambulances were at the Knox Street scene.

The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit, the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Rockport police, and Belfast police with its K-9 unit, worked together on the case. The canine was brought in to try to locate the knife used in the attack, the deputy police chief said. The weapon has yet to be found.

The Dunkin' Donuts was closed much of Wednedsay as officers and technicians from the state police division gathered evidence at the store. The team was also at the Knox Street scene.