59-year-old Melissa Flaherty is charged with domestic assault for reportedly scratching her boyfriend’s face and arm. Neighbors called police after hearing screaming coming from their apartment. The victim says he had to get on top of her and pin her to the ground in order to prevent her from injuring him further.
In October of 2020, Metro Nashville Police officers were dispatched to an apartment complex located at 30th Avenue North answering a domestic disturbance. The witness claimed that he heard screaming from his neighbors and was concerned. When the witness looked down the hallway, they had seen the victim with scratch marks all over his face.
According to the affidavit, the officers spoke with the victim and said that he got into a verbal argument with Melissa Flaherty about her recent business trip. He stated that she grew angrier with him and assaulted him by scratching his face. The victim defended themselves by pinning her down to the ground. Melissa had fled the scene before police arrived, so a warrant was issued for her arrest.
On February 10th, 2021, Melissa Flaherty was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail, charged with domestic assault. She is currently free in lieu of a $1,000 bond.