Police add felony charge to city assault case

NASHUA – Police on Wednesday upgraded one of 10 misdemeanor charges filed against Nashua resident Levi Coltey to a felony, the result of an investigation into an alleged beating of a young woman during the weekend.

Coltey, 20, of no fixed address, is scheduled to appear in Superior Court for a bail hearing on the charges, which include one felony count of second-degree assault, domestic violence; and five counts of simple assault, domestic violence; three counts of simple assault; and one count of resisting arrest or detention, all misdemeanors.

Police said they initially responded to the Country Barn Motel, 507 Broad St., for a report of a domestic altercation, and while en route were told a male suspect was allegedly fleeing the scene.

Upon arrival, one of the officers spotted a man matching the description running across Broad Street. When he got out of his cruiser, the man allegedly ran behind a nearby residence, down an embankment and onto Pelham Street, police said.

The officer said he identified himself and yelled to the man to stop running, which, police said, he eventually did, after running about 50 yards down Pelham Street.

The officer took the man, identified as Coltey, into custody, while other officers began questioning witnesses back at 507 Broad St.

Police said one witness told them she saw a man she identified as Coltey hit a young woman, pull her by her hair, and strike her in the face “at least four times,” according to the reports.

An officer then located and spoke with the alleged victim, who said she and Coltey had an argument, and that he allegedly struck her in the face and grabbed her.

They also noted finding scratches around her neck, and blood around her mouth. Meanwhile, Coltey had been transported to police headquarters for booking. But during the booking process, he allegedly “refused to remove an article of clothing,” then allegedly swung his arm and struck one of the officers in the head, the reports state. The officer reported Coltey hit him a second time while “continuing to swing his arms at me while I tried to control him.” As officers were getting Coltey under control, the report states, he allegedly struck another officer in the back.