A 23-year-old man was critically injured Thursday night when he was stabbed in an altercation at an apartment in Bath.

Bath police Sgt. Michael Lathrop said the man was stabbed in the abdomen and was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he had surgery and was listed in critical condition.

Police did not release his identity Thursday night.

Lathrop said police were called to the apartment building at 32 South St. around 7:22 p.m. to investigate a report of a stabbing and found the victim standing near a storefront at the corner of Washington and South streets with another man.

Lathrop said the officers, after attending to the victim, went to the apartment and arrested a man, who was later released and not charged.

Four men were in the apartment when the stabbing happened. One suffered a blow to the head; a second got a cut to his thumb. Police are not sure what provoked the violence and the case remains under investigation.

A butterfly knife, which folds, was used in the assault.

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