Nor­wich po­lice ar­rest two in con­nec­tion with Sun­day stab­bing

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Ston­ing­ton — Po­lice say they charged a 40-year-old Mys­tic woman Tues­day with re­port­ing that she had been the vic­tim of a Septem­ber home in­va­sion in Mys­tic that never hap­pened.

Ni­cole B. Fus­tini, 40, of 171 He­witt Road was charged with falsely re­port­ing an in­ci­dent and sec­ond-de­gree mak­ing a false state­ment af­ter po­lice ob­tained a war­rant for her ar­rest. She was re­leased on a prom­ise to ap­pear in court Nov. 22.

Po­lice re­sponded to her home on Sept. 10 at 10:12 a.m. af­ter she re­ported a home in­va­sion. She was then taken to Lawrence + Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment of mi­nor in­juries.

Two days later, po­lice an­nounced that their in­ves­ti­ga­tion had re­vealed Fus­tini’s re­port had been false. Po­lice at the time did not iden­tify Fus­tini.

Po­lice did not re­lease any other de­tails Tues­day about the in­ci­dent, such as Fus­tini’s mo­ti­va­tion for re­port­ing a home in­va­sion. The war­rant was not im­me­di­ately avail­able Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Capt. Todd Olson said the re­port re­sulted in the use of a large amount of po­lice, fire and emer­gency med­i­cal re­sources, in­clud­ing sev­eral days of in­ves­ti­ga­tion by de­tec­tives and of­fi­cers. St., Nor­wich, was charged with first-de­gree rob­bery and sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, and Sha­mon Sharp­ley, 20, of 154 Prospect St., Apt. 2, Nor­wich, was charged with sec­ond-de­gree rob­bery and third-de­gree as­sault, a Nor­wich Po­lice De­part­ment news re­lease said.

Nor­wich po­lice were dis­patched for the re­port of pos­si­ble shots fired in the area of 235 Broad St. shortly be­fore 11:30 p.m. on Sun­day, the re­lease said. When they ar­rived, they found John­son suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple cuts to his hand, the re­lease said.

Po­lice learned no shots had been fired, but an as­sault in­volv­ing John­son and two other men had taken place near Lake and Broad streets. Of­fi­cers then found out from state po­lice that the Colch­ester Fire De­part­ment was an­swer­ing a call about a vic­tim with a knife wound, the re­lease said.

The Nor­wich Po­lice De­part­ment De­tec­tive Di­vi­sion and of­fi­cers learned that the 19-year-old male stab­bing vic­tim from Colch­ester had gone with a fe­male friend to an area of Lake Road to buy mar­i­juana.

When the vic­tim was at­tempt­ing to buy drugs, John­son and Sharp­ley al­legedly stole cash from the vic­tim and fled, the re­lease said. The vic­tim then chased the two down to get his money back and was as­saulted, the re­lease said.

The vic­tim was treated and re­leased from The Wil­liam W. Backus Hos­pi­tal for mi­nor in­juries, in­clud­ing a mi­nor stab wound. bur­glar­ized a Cen­ter Street home and used a “cut­ting-type in­stru­ment” to in­jure the home­owner, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Po­lice said they were called to 15 Cen­ter St. at 3:16 p.m. Mon­day for a bur­glary in progress. Dis­patch­ers in­formed re­spond­ing of­fi­cers that the home­owner and sev­eral neigh­bors had de­tained the sus­pect, later iden­ti­fied as 37-year-old Henry Mer­cado.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, it was the sec­ond re­ported bur­glary at the res­i­dence in as many days. Po­lice haven’t yet iden­ti­fied a sus­pect in the first bur­glary but ac­tively are work­ing on the case.

Po­lice said the in­ci­dent be­gan when the home­owner and a wit­ness saw Mer­cado on the prop­erty and con­fronted him. Mer­cado al­legedly threat­ened the owner with the cut­ting-type in­stru­ment and a strug­gle en­sued. Both par­ties sus­tained lac­er­a­tions in the in­ci­dent, which po­lice de­scribed as mi­nor.

Mer­cado, whose last known ad­dress is 58 Jef­fer­son Ave., was charged with first-de­gree bur­glary, pos­ses­sion of bur­glary tools, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, car­ry­ing a dan­ger­ous weapon and sec­ond-de­gree threat­en­ing.

Held on a $50,000 bond, he was to be ar­raigned Tues­day in New Lon­don Su­pe­rior Court.

Records show Mer­cado also has a pend­ing case out of Gro­ton City, where po­lice charged him July 10 with en­gag­ing po­lice in pur­suit and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a weapon in a ve­hi­cle, among other things. He was re­leased from cus­tody in that case af­ter post­ing a $10,000 non­surety bond. a mini­van and a scooter left the scooter op­er­a­tor with mul­ti­ple in­juries Tues­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Of­fi­cers were called to the in­ter­sec­tion of Hunt­ing­ton Street and Gov­er­nor Winthrop Boule­vard at 8:53 a.m. to at­tend to the wreck. From wit­ness in­ter­views and other in­for­ma­tion gath­ered at the scene, po­lice de­ter­mined the crash hap­pened when the mini­van made a left turn in front of the on­com­ing scooter.

Crews took the male scooter op­er­a­tor to Lawrence + Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, where he was be­ing treated for scrapes, lac­er­a­tions and a pos­si­ble foot in­jury. Po­lice didn’t know his ex­act sta­tus Tues­day morn­ing.

Of­fi­cers cited the mini­van driver for fail­ure to grant right of way to on­com­ing traf­fic. The driver’s name has not yet been re­leased.

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