Alleged hospital melee in Nashua results in arrest

NASHUA – A 38-year-old man who walked into the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center emergency department early Tuesday and allegedly began fighting hospital personnel is under arrest on related charges.

Nathan R. Hayes, a resident of Chestnut Street in Nashua, was ordered held on preventive detention Wednesday, pending a Nashua district court bail hearing, according to court documents.

Hayes is charged with one count of disorderly conduct, and three counts of resisting arrest or detention, all of which are misdemeanors.

Police said officers responded to the hospital around 1 a.m. Tuesday after a security guard called to report a man had entered the emergency department allegedly looking to fight staff members on duty at the time.

Upon arrival, police said, the officers were directed to an area where staff members had been able to pin Hayes to a bed. Officers said in their reports that Hayes appeared calm when they approached him, and initially seemed cooperative.

But once the staff members “began to ease up on him,” police said, Hayes allegedly “began thrashing, and attempted to fight again” with the staff, police said.

Officers took Hayes from the bed and onto the floor in an attempt to bring him under control, but police said he allegedly “continued thrashing.” They said the officers were finally able to control him, however, and placed him under arrest.

There is no mention of any injuries in the police reports.

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