Quick action by a Rockland police officer is credited with saving the life of a stabbing victim.

And a suspect in the stabbing was arrested Thursday, Feb. 1. Mark McCrillis, 35, was arrested on a charge of elevated aggravated assault and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

Officers responded Wednesday night at 8 to a report of a fight at a residence on Pacific Street. When officers arrived, they found a man bleeding profusely from a stab wound to the arm, Rockland Deputy Police Chief Chris Young said.

The victim said a man had struck him over the head with a bottle and then used the broken bottle to stab him. The stabbing severed an artery, Young said.

Officer Addison Cox applied a tourniquet to the man's arm and the victim was taken first to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and then flown by a LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Doctors said that the man would likely have died if the officer had not acted so quickly.

The victim only knew the first name of the man he had only recently met, Young said. Detectives were able to determine that the suspect was McCrillis who was found at his place of work on Thursday.

He is scheduled to make his initial appearance Friday afternoon in Knox County Unified Court.