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General Dynamics Employee Accused of Threatening Other Workers

A General Dynamics employee faces charges after allegedly making a threat against the lives of several other employees, according to City of Groton police.

Police said the investigation began on Friday when they received a complaint of what they described as a credible threat against several General Dynamics employees who work at the location at 75 Eastern Point Road.

Investigators determined the threats were made by another employee who was overseas, identified as 39-year-old Edward Lesniak, of Coventry, Rhode Island, according to police.

Police said investigators seized weapons from the suspect’s Rhode Island home, including a .50 caliber rifle, a shotgun and multiple handguns.

Lesniak was arrested on Saturday when he tried to reenter the U.S. at JFK Airport in New York. He was charged as a fugitive from justice in New York and is pending extradition to Connecticut to face charges of first-degree threatening and breach of peace. He was held on a $200,000 bond.

Police said this appears to be an isolated incident and no other arrests are expected.

City of Groton police were assisted by General Dynamics Security, the New London County State’s Attorney, United States Customs Agents, New York Port Authority Police and Coventry, Rhode Island Police.

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