Woman hospitalized after stabbing in Popeyes parking lot in Manchester

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A woman was injured when she was stabbed in a Popeye’s parking lot in Manchester on Friday, police said.

Manchester Police Department officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute that led to a stabbing just before 3 p.m. at the parking lot of a Popeyes at 199 Spencer St. When they arrived, they found a woman exiting the passenger seat of a vehicle bleeding from the right side of her abdomen. Police began emergency care.

The woman was transported to Hartford Hospital.

Officers said that the assailant stabbed the victim outside of the vehicle she was sitting in and then fled on foot.

After searching the area with a K9 team, police found the suspect, 38-year-old Leonel Colon-Ortiz of East Hartford, hiding in the wooded area north of Pascal Lane. Colon-Ortiz was arrested and charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault first-degree threatening, third-degree assault, carrying a weapon, two counts of second-degree breach of peace, two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and interfering with an officer.

Colon-Ortiz is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond. He will appear in court on Monday.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Manchester Police Department at 860-645-5500.