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2 in custody after carjackings and stabbings spanning three towns

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Police responded to this scene in Thompson. (WFSB photo) Police responded to this scene in Thompson. (WFSB photo)
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Carjacking suspects fled into Massachusetts after stealing a vehicle in Putnam and Thompson, CT. (CNN photo) Carjacking suspects fled into Massachusetts after stealing a vehicle in Putnam and Thompson, CT. (CNN photo)
THOMPSON, CT (WFSB) -

Two people were stabbed and two suspects were taken into custody after a couple of carjackings that began in Putnam and ended up in Worcester, MA Thursday morning.

Police said it began with a person being physically taken out of their motor vehicle at the Cumberland Farms near the intersection of Woodstock Avenue and Providence Street in Putnam.

Don Beaulieu was working road detail on Woodstock Avenue in Putnam when suddenly police swarmed the gas station.

“When I saw all the police arrive, I thought the store got robbed,” Beaulieu said. “Whatever happened, happened quietly.”

The suspects, one of whom was identified as 21-year-old Christopher Harding of Dayville, stole the vehicle and fled that area.

His female passenger was identified as 21-year-old Celina Cousineau.

They crashed the original vehicle in the area of Church Street and W. Thompson Road in Thompson around 10 a.m. 

Police said they then carjacked a second vehicle, a Nissan Rogue. During that carjacking, police said two people were stabbed.

Their injuries were non-life-threatening. 

The armed suspects fled Thompson and crossed into Massachusetts where they were pursued by Massachusetts state troopers. The suspects were located on Route 395 after an alert was issued for them. 

Massachusetts State Police said the suspects "tried to ram MSP cruisers" and "did strike parked cars." There was "minor contact" with a Massachusetts State Police cruiser. 

There were no reported injuries to the troopers. 

Harding and Cousineau were found on Papagin Terrace in Worcester, MA.

Massachusetts State Police said they would release the identity of the female passenger if and when she is charged with a crime.

As of 12:40 p.m., Harding was only booked for the pursuit in Massachusetts.

State police detectives from Eastern District Major Crime said they are investigating the incident.

The area of Church Street and W. Thompson Road in Thompson was closed due to the investigation. 

There was no threat to the Putnam and Thompson communities, Connecticut State Police said. 

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