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Groton police search for man suspected in assault

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Groton — Police are looking for a 34-year-old man who they say assaulted a victim with a beer bottle, causing injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police said in a news release they were informed at 1 a.m. Monday that an assault victim had been taken to the emergency room at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London.

Police said they identified a crime scene at a residence in town. After investigating, police said they learned the suspect had caused "injuries to the victim's head and a significant laceration to the victim's chest." Police said the assault took place while the victim's minor children were in the home.

Police said they have an arrest warrant for Douglas Demelo on the charges of second-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace, three counts of risk of injury to a child and three counts of violation of a protective order. He is described as having a fair complexion, being 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 10, weighing 200 to 210 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

"Demelo and the victim have a relationship which falls under the State of Connecticut's Family Violence Prevention and Response definition of a family or household member," police said in the release.

Police said the suspect fled the scene and they had not located him.

Anyone who knows Demelo or has more information is asked to contact the Groton Town Police Department at (860) 441-6712. Police said if anyone sees him, they should not confront him but call 911 immediately.


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