Nashua woman charged with attacking family members

NASHUA – A 21-year-old Nashua woman whose alleged behavior reportedly caused her family to be evicted from their apartment flew into a rage after her mother told her she “was on her own” from now on, according to a police report.

MacKenzie Lee Murtagh, of 54 Whitney St., was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon, shortly after officers were called to the residence for a report of a domestic altercation.

She was charged with four counts of domestic violence-related simple assault, each of which is a Class A misdemeanor, the reports state.

Murtagh’s bail was initially set at $750 cash, but was amended to $7,500 personal recognizance at her Nashua district court arraignment.

She is due back in court at 8:15 a.m. March 21 for a pre-trial conference, the documents state.

Police said that upon arrival, officers spoke with four family members – two adults and two teenagers – all of whom said they were “being evicted from their apartment at 54 Whitney St. because MacKenzie had been staying there against the

landlord’s wishes,” according to the police report.

When one of the adults told Murtagh that she was “looking for her own apartment,” and that Murtagh “was ‘on her own,'” Murtagh allegedly “became angry that (the adult) was ‘kicking her out,'” the reports state.

Murtagh allegedly responded with expletives, “continued with her belligerent behavior, and pushed (the adult) with two hands … “ police wrote.

One of the teens said he stepped in and “pushed MacKenzie back to protect” the adult, at which time Murtagh allegedly pushed him back … and punched him in the left side of his face.”

The other teen said she “yelled at MacKenzie to stop,” but Murtagh allegedly pushed her to the ground … .”

According to Murtagh’s bail order, she is prohibited from having any contact with the four family members, and must stay away from the Whitney Street residence.

She must have a police officer present if she needs to retrieve any belongings from the residence, the order states.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.