Police: Argument over underwear left on floor led to Rockland stabbing

By Stephen Betts | Dec 07, 2017
Photo by: Knox County Jail George Gilmore

Rockland — An argument over underwear left on the bathroom floor was the spark that led to an attack Wednesday that left a Rockland man in a Portland hospital with stab wounds.

George Gilmore, 32, is being held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland charged with Class A elevated aggravated assault and Class B aggravated assault. No bail has been set and he is likely to have an initial appearance in Rockland Unified Court Friday, Dec. 8.

The victim of the stabbing, Morgan Robinson, 33, of Rockland, was listed Thursday morning in satisfactory condition, according to a spokeswoman at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Robinson suffered serious 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.

An affidavit was filed by police in Knox County Unified Court in order to get a search warrant for evidence collected at the apartment at the Knox Apartments on Knox Street where the stabbing occurred.

The affidavit stated that the two stabbing victims as well as two other adults -- including Gilmore -- were living in the apartment with an unspecified number of children.

According to the affidavit, 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.

Gilmore moved to Rockland from Bridgeport, Conn., five months ago, according to police.

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 Wednesay as officers and technicians from the state police division gathered evidence at the store. The team was also at the Knox Street scene.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Dec 07, 2017 19:01

Richard: Now you are the one to be negative. This guy is NOT a Rockland person. You do not gain notoriety of being from Rockland in only 5 months. I would say he was a transient living in a crowded apartment with at least two adults and possibly more, and an unspecified number of children. You have to pay your dues to live in Rockland. Going to DD is a start but you can not drag a trail of blood with you.



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Dec 07, 2017 12:05

Thankful for the great balance of articles here on Village Soup. There is still a large preponderance of healthy, loving caring people in our midst.  All first responders never know anymore what to anticipate. It only takes a moment to give them a thumbs up.



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