Portland Police Chief James Craig said at a news conference this afternoon that it appears a man charged with a Grant Street murder and his alleged victim knew each other and the crime was not a random attack.

Craig said Shawn Garland, 25, of 55 Grant St. was arrested immediately after police were called to his apartment for a report of a homicide.

Police found a middle-aged man who had been stabbed to death with a knife, Craig said.

Police were still not releasing the name of the victim because they have not been able to notify family members.

Meanwhile, Garland was being held in Cumberland County Jail without bail on suicide watch.

1:05 p.m.

Portland police have charged a local man with murder in connection with a Grant Street stabbing death Thursday night.

Police arrested Shawn Garland, 25, in connection with the death at 55 Grant St., Apartment 6.

Police were called to the apartment at 9:30 p.m. for a man who had died as a result of several stab wounds, police said.

The victim has been tentatively identified but his name is being withheld until police can notify family members.

The State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy.

Garland is being held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail.

8:02 a.m.

Police confirmed this morning that a homicide occurred at 55 Grant St. in Portland. The victim is a male whose identity has not been released. One person in custody but has not been charged.

Thursday evening

Police were at the scene late Thursday night of what Assistant Police Chief Mike Sauschuck called a “serious criminal investigation.”

Police officers were entering and standing watch outside the building at 55 Grant St., just down the street from the Parkside Neighborhood Center.

Several neighbors gathered on the sidewalk near the apartment building, but none of them knew why police had been called to Parkside. The structure is a three-story apartment house.

Sauschuck said about 11 p.m. that he could not comment further, pending an investigation by the department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

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