DERRY — A 53-year-old Derry man charged with assaulting a stranger on South Main Street and kicking out the rear window on a Derry police cruiser is being held in county jail on $10,000 cash bail.
David Richardson, of 10 Derry Way Apt. 12, did not plead to the one felony count of attempted robbery and pleaded not guilty to seven misdemeanors at his arraignment on Friday, March 14.
Ethan Marcoux was driving southbound on South Main Street around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, when David Richardson approached Marcoux's 2000 Dodge Dakota from the outside and started kicking the side of the vehicle, according to court documents.
When Marcoux got out of his truck, Richardson allegedly punched him in the face. Ethan attempted to call police but Richardson "ripped the cell phone out of his hand and broke it into two pieces," according to a police affidavit.
Richardson also attempted to steal the truck but ran away on foot after throwing more punches at Marcoux, according to the affidavit.
Once police caught up with Richardson at his Derry Way apartment, Richardson assaulted Sgt. Peter Morelli, kicking him in the left arm and in the chest. He also kicked and smashed the rear window of Morelli's cruiser while being taken to the police station, according to the affidavit.
Police allege Richardson was intoxicated at the time of the incident.
At an arraignment in Derry District Court Derry on March 14, prosecutor Eric Weindorf argued for cash bail because Richardson poses a threat to the community.
"He went up to a stranger and attempted to steal his vehicle in the middle of the road," said Weindorf.
In addition to cash bail, Richardson has been ordered to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week and abstain from drinking alcohol. He is not allowed to possess a gun and Judge John Coughlin ordered Richardson to be evaluated by the medical staff at the county jail because he has been previously diagnosed with anxiety and depression.
He is scheduled to appear in Derry District Court on March 20 for a probable cause hearing.
This isn't the first time Richardson's alleged alcohol use has ended in an arrest.
Last year, Richardson was shot in the chest by his brother-in-law, Frank Meisel, after the two got into an argument at Meisel's Windham body shop.
Meisel was originally charged with a misdemeanor charge of simple assault but that was later dropped by prosecutors because he was acting in self defense, according to Rockingham County Attorney James Reams.
Richardson arrived at Meisel's shop drunk and attempted to swing a large bat at Meisel after the two had gotten into an argument over family matters, according to police.