NH father and son arrested following fight at Seacoast restaurant
PORTSMOUTH — A father and son were arrested after being involved in a fight with another patron at the Dolphin Striker restaurant.
Portsmouth police said they responded to the Dolphin Striker around 12:15 a.m. for a reported fight.
Police said an investigation revealed that Paul Mackey, 62, of Rye, was involved in an altercation with another patron. During the altercation, a witness was using a cellphone to film the incident.
Mackey's son, Jack Mackey, 22, of Rye, allegedly approached this witness and questioned if they were taping before grabbing the witness by the neck and physically taking the phone.
Police said Jack Mackey then threw the phone toward the Piscataqua River, and officers searched for the phone but were unable to locate it.
Paul Mackey was charged with two counts of simple assault and a single count of disorderly conduct, all of which are misdemeanors. Police said he was released on personal recognizance bail.
Police charged Jack Mackey with robbery, falsifying physical evidence, both felonies, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. His bail was set at $1,500 cash, which was posted police said.
They are both scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 21.
The investigation remains active, and the Portsmouth Police Department is requesting that any other witnesses or victims please contact them at (603) 610-7598.