WATERVILLE — Police continue to look for a man they think stabbed another man Monday on Carey Lane in the city’s South End “to get his side of the story.”

They say they have information pointing to the possibility the stabbing was an act of self-defense, and they want to talk to him.

Police Chief Joseph Massey said police think the man lives at 41 Carey Lane and that the stabbing occurred on the street outside that house.

But the owner of the house, John King, of Vassalboro, and his son, Steve, who lives in the house, said Friday that no one else lives there and the house has nothing to do with Monday’s fight.

Massey confirmed that Steve King is not the person police are looking for.

“We know that Steve King lives there,” Massey said. “We are not looking for him.”

Steve King said Friday people have stayed overnight at the house occasionally, but no one else lives with him.

“The person they’re (police) looking for does not live in my house,” he said. “Do I know the person they’re looking for? Yes, I do. I talked to police.”

He said he was questioned by police “and they let me go because I didn’t have anything to do with it.” He said he was sleeping when the stabbing occurred.

Massey said police believe the man they are looking for lives at the address, though he is not there now.

“We have had information he has been living there for quite some time,” Massey said Friday.

Massey said witnesses gave police conflicting information, but it appears that three people were beating up a person Monday night before the stabbing occurred and the person being beaten stabbed someone.

“The person who was being beaten up was the individual that we believe stabbed the other person,” Massey said.

The 24-year-old victim who was taken to Inland Hospital after the 9 p.m. stabbing Monday is now out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery. Police have not released his name.

Massey said he still is not cooperating with police investigating the stabbing.

John King said Friday that he is upset about a story that appeared in the Morning Sentinel in which City Councilor Karen Rancourt-Thomas referred to the house at 41 Carey Lane as a flop house.

The house has been listed for sale with an Oakland real estate agent since May.

“I’ve had phone calls all day, and I was wicked upset,” John King said. “(The stabbing) had nothing to do with my house.”

“I’m really irate about this,” King said. “I didn’t buy it to be a slumlord. I bought it for my son to have a place to live in Waterville. It was inexpensive.

“It’s obvious the neighborhood is just not working right. I’m closing that house up.”

King bought the house from the city for $18,000. The current asking price is $24,900.

King said he is going to post a “no trespassing” sign at the house and anyone who goes on the property will be arrested.

Police believe the weapon used was a knife, which has not yet been recovered, and the stabbing was a result of a dispute about two women.

John King said the area is drug-infested and if had he know that, he would not have bought the house. It was taken by the city previously for nonpayment of taxes.

“That whole street — and I’m not naming houses — is full of drugs, so I don’t even want to hear it,” he said.

Steve King said people who say bad things are occurring at his house and other places have their own issues.

“People pointing fingers at other people on the street have their own skeletons in their closet and stuff, and they’re trying to point fingers,” he said.

Massey said the man police want to talk to may call them at 680-4700 or visit the Police Department on Colby Street.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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