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Revealing photos on Facebook lead to Nashua stabbing

Union Leader Correspondent

October 11. 2012 2:49PM


NASHUA - A 20-year-old woman was stabbed seven times with a steak knife Wednesday during a fight about inappropriate photographs posted on a social-networking site.

Police say Nicole Lemay, 19, of 8 Spalding Ave., was allegedly involved in an altercation outside her residence around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. She is accused of using an 8- to 10-inch steak knife to slash and stab Angelica Morales, 20, in the back, forearm, abdomen and torso, according to court documents.

The disturbance began at the Pheasant Lane Mall when Morales and her mother approached Lemay's mother, Kristy Lemay, to discuss some photographs that were posted on Facebook Sunday.

According to court documents, Morales' sister, Caroline Morales, reportedly sent photographs of herself in her underwear to Joey Ortiz, which were then obtained by Kristy Lemay, who posted them on Facebook.

Kristy Lemay told Morales, of 12 E. Pearl St., unit 3, that they could discuss the matter at her residence, so the mother and daughter followed her back to her Spalding Avenue residence.

When they arrived at the house, Morales allegedly observed Nicole Lemay approach their car with a butcher knife in her hand, says an affidavit filed at Nashua District Court.

'Nicole started to swing the knife back and forth at (Morales), causing a laceration under her left forearm and two puncture wounds on her abdomen on her left side and three stab wounds on her back,' court records indicate. 'Because of the way that Nicole was swinging the knife, (Morales) reached out and grabbed onto the knife and received several lacerations to her hands. They both fell to the ground and Nicole continued to try to pull the knife away from (Morales') grasp.'

Morales was allegedly slashed and stabbed seven times, according to police, who said she was treated and released from Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and is recovering. Court documents indicate that she received several staples and stitches to numerous wounds.

On Thursday, Nicole Lemay was arraigned on seven counts of first-degree assault and one count each of criminal threatening and reckless conduct. A judge ordered that she be held on $10,000 cash-only bail and will appear in court Oct. 23 for a probable cause hearing.

Lemay's mother, Kristy, told a different version of events to authorities, alleging that Morales and her mother exited their vehicle and immediately began to assault her once arriving at her home, according to the affidavit.

Kristy Lemay told police she never observed her daughter, Nicole, with a knife, according to the affidavit.

After the incident, police arrested a second individual for allegedly concealing the knife used during the altercation. The man who first received the photographs, Ortiz, 23, of 42 Ash St., has been charged with falsifying physical evidence for allegedly hiding the weapon, according to court documents. He was released on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 1.

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