Portland police said five people suffered wounds or cuts in three separate stabbing incidents over the weekend.

Authorities said the stabbings do not appear to be related and that the public is in no danger because the suspects were known to the victims.

WCSH-TV reported that a transient identified by police as Justin Hill, 31, stabbed an employee of the Preble Street Resource Center in the face with a fork Sunday morning. The worker’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. Hill was charged with aggravated assault and is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.

Police spokesman Lt. Robert Martin said Sunday night that the incident involving Hill happened in the resource center’s soup kitchen.

Martin said three people were involved in a stabbing at 31 East Oxford St. about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Police found one of the victims, who had left the scene, on Congress Street. That person, a man with neck and chest wounds, was taken to Maine Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Martin said the other two people, a man and a woman, suffered hand lacerations, but police are not certain if their cuts were caused by a knife or broken glass. They were also treated at Maine Medical Center and released. Police are continuing to investigate. No charges were immediately filed.

Police are also investigating the stabbing of a man on outer Washington Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report of the stabbing from the medical staff at Maine Medical Center, where the man was being treated for torso and arm wounds.

Police said they have identified a suspect, who was described as a Somali man, about 5-foot-9 with a damaged eye.

Martin said the condition of the Washington Avenue victim is not known.

The names of the victims are not being released by Portland police.

Beth Quimby can be contacted at 791-6363 or at:

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Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6365 or at:

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