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Two men turn themselves in after brawl at Portsmouth restaurant

New Hampshire Union Leader
June 15. 2018 11:32AM
From left, Nicholas Abraham and Ethan Fishbaugh, both 27, turned themselves in this week to face charges resulting from an alleged fight that begin inside Gilley's PM Lunch in Portsmouth early in the morning of May 29. (Portsmouth Police Dept.)



PORTSMOUTH -- A local man, and a man from Maine who allegedly stabbed the prior, turned themselves in this week to face charges stemming from a brawl that began inside Gilley’s PM Lunch on May 29.

Sometime after 12:30 a.m. that morning, Nicholas Abraham, 27, of 24 Columbia Court Apt. 4, Portsmouth, was stabbed by Ethan Fishbaugh, 27, of 6 Foyes Lane, Kittery, Maine, during a fight that began in the 175 Fleet St. restaurant and then spilled into the street, police allege.

Detective Erik Widerstrom, who led the investigation, determined Abraham and Fishbaugh were involved in both altercations, police said in a statement.

“Fishbaugh knowingly and recklessly caused serious bodily injury by stabbing Abraham with a knife,” police said.

Fishbaugh also is charged with punching Abraham in the head, shoving another man and concealing the knife from investigators. In total, he faces five Class B felonies and four Class A misdemeanors.

Fishbaugh turned himself in to police Wednesday and was released on $10,000 cash-only bail. He’s to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. on June 29 in Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood.

Police charged the alleged stabbing victim, Abraham, with simple assault and criminal threatening, both Class B misdemeanors. Police allege he assaulted Fishbaugh by squirting him with hot sauce in the restaurant and then placing Fishbaugh “in fear of imminent physical contact by pursuing him out of Gilley’s while Fishbaugh was attempting to leave the area.”

Abraham turned himself in to police Thursday and was released on $1,200 personal recognizance bond. He’s to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. on June 29 in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Anyone with information can call detective Widerstrom at 610-7542.


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