Social media tiff leads to altercation

MANCHESTER – A Nashua man allegedly brought a gun to a meeting meant to settle what had been a social media dispute.

Nicholas Richer, 23, agreed to show up at the parking lot of the Texas Roadhouse in Manchester Tuesday night to fight a 22-year-old man he had been arguing with on social media, according to police. Police say both Richer and the victim notified several friends about the fight, so numerous people were there when the incident occurred.

Police say the victim and his 23-year-old girlfriend were seated in the victim’s pick-up truck when Richer allegedly pulled his BMW in front of their truck and approached the vehicle with a gun in his hand. Richer had pointed his Glock 19 at the windshield, so the victim placed his vehicle in reverse and attempted to flee the area. Both victims felt Richer was going to shoot them, because he kept the gun pointed at the vehicle as he ran after the moving car, according to police.

One of the victim’s friends used his car 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, police said.

The owner of the pick-up truck exited the 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 is charged with two counts of felony criminal threatening and one count of felony riot. His bail was set at $80,000 cash.

Police said Wednesday the investigation is ongoing, so no further information is available at this time, because additional charges may be warranted for people involved in the incident.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or or @Telegraph_DF.