Court documents reveal details in attempted murder in Marlborough


Court documents reveal details in attempted murder in Marlborough
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MARLBOROUGH – An argument over whether a social media account was hacked ended with two people seriously injured and a third facing several charges.

Mark T. Donahue, 41, was taken into custody by state police on Thursday, April 27, following a chase from Route 20 to routes 95 and 93. 

According to the statement of facts filed in Marlborough District Court, Marlborough police were called to the residence on Russo Drive at 7:53 p.m. on a report of a domestic altercation. When they arrived, they found two women – Donahue’s girlfriend and her mother – bleeding from the head.

The girlfriend told police that Donahue had struck them both on the head with a shillelagh, which is a large wooden walking stick, following an argument over Donahue’s social media account. According to her, Donahue claimed that his account had been hacked, and thought she was behind it.

She told police that Donahue began to yell and “get hostile” in front of two children.

The girlfriend reportedly told him to stop yelling or she would call the police. The mother told police that Donahue went upstairs and when he returned, he was holding something behind his back.

According to the statement of facts, the girlfriend told police Donahue asked her for her cell phone; when she refused, he reportedly struck her with the shillelagh. The infant she was holding fell to the floor, but police said the infant was not injured.

According to the mother, after Donahue struck her daughter, she tried to stop him. Donahue then reportedly struck the mother several times.

When Donahue attacked his girlfriend again, her mother tried to stop him, and was punched several times in the face. 

According to the court documents, the girlfriend sustained a large cut on her head and bruises on her arm and wrist. The mother was also bleeding from her head and had swollen lips and cheek. The women and children were transported by ambulance to a hospital.

Donahue reportedly fled in his girlfriend’s vehicle.

Marlborough police notified area departments about Donahue; he was first located in Weston via “pinging” his cell phone. Donahue fled Weston, then led State Police on a chase before being apprehended in Milton.

Police discovered he had several lacerations, and Donahue was taken to a hospital in Boston. The girlfriend alleged that a wound on his neck was self-inflicted.

Donahue was arraigned on Friday, April 29, and charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, causing serious bodily injury; domestic assault and battery, intimate partner; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon against a person over 60; and reckless endangerment of a child.

A detention hearing was held on Tuesday, May 2.


Attempted murder leads to chase, arrest

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