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STONINGTON — A New York man is facing charges after police said he broke a wooden bedpost in his room and tried to stab and choke a woman with it during a disturbance at a Mystic hotel.

Stonington police arrested Michael S. Webb, of Parish, N.Y., Friday night on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree strangulation, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace. He was held in lieu of a $50,000 bond, police said, and was to be arraigned in New London Superior Court.

Officers were called to the Inn at Mystic, at 3 William Ave., around 7 p.m. for reports of a disturbance that had led to injuries. A woman who was known to Webb was in a room adjacent to one where the two were staying, police said, and had suffered injuries to her chest and neck.

The woman, who was not identified, was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. Police said her injuries were not life-threatening.

An investigation determined that Webb and the woman had gotten into a fight that escalated.

"The room was in complete disarray and it was apparent that a crime had occurred," the police report said. "The room had blood splatter, there was heavy damage to the furniture and several items appeared to be thrown around the room."

During the fight, Webb caused significant damage to the room including breaking the bedpost. Using it as a weapon, the police said he tried to stab her. He also used the broken bedpost to choke her, leaving noticeable marks on her chest and neck, the police said.

The blood in the room was not from the victim, the police said, but rather came from Webb, when he reopened a hand laceration suffered earlier in the week.

Webb had fled before officers arrived and information was dispatched to patrol units. When he was not located a few hours later, officers returned to the hotel and found him in a common area of the hotel. He was arrested without further incident.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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