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Personal recognizance bail granted to assault suspect

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Writer | Dec 2, 2019

NASHUA – A Superior Court judge on Monday granted Merrimack assault suspect Corey Buckley’s request for personal recognizance bail, but strongly cautioned him to stay away from the alleged victim and not contact her at all.

Buckley, 28, of 2 Maple Ridge Drive, appeared in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South for a bail hearing on the charges, which accuse him of covering the woman’s mouth with his hand and biting and pushing her during a confrontation at the Maple Ridge Drive apartment, according to police.

He is charged with one count of second-degree assault – domestic violence, a Class B felony, and two counts of simple assault – domestic violence, Class A felonies.

While Buckley was initially charged with the second-degree assault offense, court documents from his bail hearing identify the charge as attempted second-degree assault – domestic violence.

Police in their reports stated officers responded to Maple Ridge Drive to “check the welfare” of a possible suicidal person. The call came from a friend of the alleged victim, they said.

Officers knocked on Buckley’s apartment door several times and verbally announced their presence, but there was no response, police said.

A short time later, officers heard what sounded like someone moving around in the apartment, but again, nobody responded to their knocks on the door.

After speaking with the alleged victim, officers left the scene – only to be sent back just three minutes later when a resident of the apartment building called to report a male and female arguing in the hallway, and the woman allegedly repeating, “let me in,” police said.

This time, a man police identified as Buckley answered the door, at which time officers took him into custody on the assault allegations.

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

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