Waterville police are investigating a stabbing in the city’s South End that left a 24-year-old man with critical injuries..

Police received a report of the stabbing on Carey Lane at 9 p.m. Monday and found the man with a stab wound to his abdomen.

The man was taken to Inland Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery, police said.

Throughout the night, detectives worked to piece together the details of what led to the stabbing.

“Although the victim is uncooperative and refuses to speak with investigators, police are confident that the stabbing was not a random act,” a Waterville Police Department press release stated.

Chief Joseph Massey said in the release that it appears the victim went with several other men to a residence on Carey Lane to confront a man over an earlier dispute, when a fight broke out.

The release states the case is complicated by lack of cooperation from the victim and witnesses, and heavy rain that washed away evidence and blood trails.

Police are not releasing the identity of the victim. Massey said police have a suspect in the stabbing.

“We have no reason to believe the public is in any danger from the suspect,” Massey said in the release. “We know who he is and we are seeking to locate him to learn his side of the story.”

The lead investigator in the case is Detective Joshua Woods. Any person with information relevant to the case is asked to call the police at 680-4700.