Nashuan arrested in stabbing

Domestic altercation lands teen in hospital

NASHUA – Police last week were called twice within two hours to a Nashua residence, and each time left with a person in custody on charges stemming from a fairly prolonged domestic


The alleged combatants – Ashish Chopra, 39, and a 16-year-old male – both reside at the home in the city’s Broad Acres section, to which police said they were first called shortly after 9 p.m. April 26 for a report of an assault.

They ended up arresting the teen on one count each of simple assault and resisting arrest, the latter for allegedly scuffling with police.

On their second visit, police arrested Chopra on three counts of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing the teen with a knife.

He was booked on the charges and later released on $10,000 cash bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in Hillsborough County Superior Court South.

Chopra is ordered to stay away from the teen as part of his bail conditions.

According to police reports from April 26, Chopra told officers upon their arrival that the 16-year-old was “freaking out,” and allegedly “got into (Chopra’s) face, shoved him, and spit at him.”

The teen told police the two argued verbally after Chopra allegedly called his friends “trashy,” but the teen “denied any type of physical assault,” police wrote.

But officers determined there was probable cause to arrest him, and he was subsequently booked at police headquarters then released on personal recognizance bail.

Roughly two hours later, shortly after 11 p.m., police said they received another call from the residence, this time from a man who “indicated that a 16-year-old had attacked him and he (allegedly) stabbed him in self-defense,” according to the reports.

Arriving officers found the teen with “multiple lacerations and punctures to his upper torso,” and administered first-aid while awaiting an ambulance, police said.

They were told by a family member of the teen that he “was very angry” after leaving police headquarters, and was allegedly making threats against Chopra.

When he got to the house, the teen and Chopra resumed arguing and got into a fist fight, police said. Chopra later told police he picked up a knife “to save myself … defend myself,” and that he “feared” the teen “because of his rage,” the reports state.

Chopra told police he “believed (the teen) was going to kill him” because “he had so much anger,” police wrote.

Early the next morning, after processing the scene and gathering evidence, police said they went to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center to get an update on the teen’s condition.

A nurse told detectives that the teen sustained a collapsed lung, and lacerations to his spleen and a kidney, and that he could face surgery, according to police reports.

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