MANCHESTER, NH – A Nashua man was arrested Jan. 30 after he allegedly threatened another man with a handgun. The two men agreed to meet in the parking lot of Texas Roadhouse to allegedly settle an ongoing social media dispute at approximately 9:55 p.m. Tuesday.
Nicholas Richer, 23, of Nashua, agreed to meet the the alleged victim a 22-year-old man, to settle an ongoing feud by engaging in a physical altercation in the restaurant parking lot. Both Richer and the victim notified several friends, so multiple people were on scene when the incident occurred.
The victim and his girlfriend were seated in the victim’s pick-up truck when Richer allegedly pulled his BMW in front of their truck and hastily approached the vehicle with a gun in his hand. Richer allegedly pointed his Glock 19 at the windshield, so the victim placed his vehicle in reverse and attempted to flee the area. Both the victim and his girlfriend told police they felt Richer was going to shoot them because he kept the gun pointed at the vehicle as he ran after the moving car.
One of the victim’s friends used his vehicle to strike Richer to prevent a possible shooting. The impact of the vehicle caused Richer to fall to the ground and lose control of his handgun. The owner of the pick-up truck exited his vehicle and held Richer at gunpoint while contacting 911. He secured Richer’s firearm before police arrived on scene. The weapons were placed into evidence pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
Richer was charged with two counts criminal threatening (felony) one count of riot (felony) for his involvement in the incident. He was unable to post his $80,000 cash/surety bail, so he is scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on January 31, 2018.
The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges may be warranted for people involved in the incident.