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Jeffrey Ortiz-Rodriguez, 33, of 7 Broad St., Apt. 7, Nashua

Charged with first-degree assault, simple assault domestic violence, and driving after suspension second offense.

Arrested May 1, 2012 by Nashua Police.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Police: Nashua man faces assault charge after bat attack at gas station

Nashua police arrested a city man on Tuesday and charged him with hitting another man with a bat after the victim witnessed an alleged domestic violence episode.

Police were called to the parking lot of a Nashua gas station around 9:30 a.m. April 25 for a reported disturbance, police said.

Officers there were told that a man had assaulted a woman he knew in the parking lot and then swung a bat at a man he didn’t know who made a comment, police said.

A man identified as Jeffrey Ortiz-Rodriguez, 33, of 7 Broad St., Apt. 7, fled the area in a car before officers arrived, police said.

The female victim wasn’t injured in the first alleged assault. The male victim was hit on the hand with the bat as he was trying to block the blow. He was treated and released from a local hospital, police said.

Detectives investigated and arrested Ortiz-Rodriguez around 3 p.m. Tuesday and charged him with first-degree assault, a felony, and domestic violence simple assault and driving after suspension second offense, both misdemeanors, police said.

Ortiz-Rodriguez was held on $25,000 cash or surety bail pending his arraignment at Nashua district court on Wednesday, police said.

The Class A felony assault charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, plus fines. Each misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail, plus fines, police said.

– JOSEPH G. COTE