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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Charges unlikely despite video evidence of fight outside Nashua restaurant

NASHUA – The video shows a pair of men, standing close to one another near a car parked on Nashua’s Main Street outside a popular city restaurant.

Suddenly, one of the men grabs the other and throws him to the ground. It looks like several punches are thrown and security guards quickly surround the pair but don’t intervene. ...

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NASHUA – The video shows a pair of men, standing close to one another near a car parked on Nashua’s Main Street outside a popular city restaurant.

Suddenly, one of the men grabs the other and throws him to the ground. It looks like several punches are thrown and security guards quickly surround the pair but don’t intervene.

The men briefly struggle on the ground, one on top of the other in front of Martha’s Exchange restaurant. The attacker stands up, pushes a security guard in the shoulder and throws two kicks at the man still lying on the ground.

The video, which was taken with a cell phone and is a little more than a minute long, ends there with blue police cruiser lights reflecting in the scene.

But despite the video evidence being sent to media outlets early Saturday morning and a police investigation, it’s unlikely any charges will be filed, police said.

Nashua police Lt. Denis Linehan said detectives and uniform officers investigating the fight have spoken with the victim twice and have been told he is not interested in pursuing charges. Because of that, police won’t be investigating further.

Linehan said police generally abide by a victim’s wishes in similar cases, particularly when injuries are not life-threatening.

Police are required by law to arrest and prosecute domestic abusers, Linehan said.

The victim in this
instance was not seriously injured and did not go to a hospital for treatment.

Linehan said police routinely investigate in similar cases to make sure a victim hasn’t been intimidated or threatened about pursuing criminal charges before dropping an investigation. Police found no evidence of tampering in this case.

On the other hand, the victim could change his mind, Linehan said.

“It appears at this point any charges, if he did change his mind, would be misdemeanor in nature,” he said.

The fight began after the suspect, who police have identified, but whose name Linehan declined to release, thought the victim had struck his car while parking in front of the restaurant.

The video shows several people on the sidewalk outside the restaurant watching and reacting to the fight, but no one intervened.

Three security guards stood by the attacker and victim and did little to stop the melee.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).