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Stonington police responded to a stabbing at 77 Mechanic St. on Saturday morning, Nov. 30, 2019. The victim, a woman, was taken to Westerly Hospital with life-threatening injuries. As of noon Saturday, the attacker was still at large. Corey Fyke, The Westerly Sun

GROTON — A bevy of local law enforcement agencies converged in the Poquonnock section of Groton Monday after a call tipped Groton Town Police off to the possible presence of a man who stabbed a woman on Mechanic Street Saturday, but in the end it was a case of mistaken identity.

At about 1:30 p.m., according to a release from Groton Town Police Deputy Chief Paul Gately, Groton Emergency Dispatch received a call saying a man who matched the description of Carlton T. Henderson, 43, the suspect in the attack at 77 Mechanic St., Pawcatuck, was in the area of Poquonnock Road and Plaza Court and that he possibly had a knife.

According to Gately, Groton Town Police responded to the area, with assistance from Connecticut State Police, and officers from the Waterford, Groton City, state Environmental Conservation, AMTRAK and Stonington police departments. The law enforcement personnel formed a perimeter and K9 officers were deployed.

Several schools and day care facilities were placed on lockdown during the search as a precautionary measure, and area residents were notified of the police presence and asked to notify police of any suspicious activity.

Multiple K9 units were used during the search, and the man was located, but police determined that he was not the suspect.

Henderson remains at large after the Saturday morning stabbing, which left a Pawcatuck woman with life-threatening injuries. Police gave no update on the victim’s condition on Monday, and they ask anyone with information on Henderson’s whereabouts to call the Stonington Police Department at 860-599-4411.

— Sun staff

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