Charged With Assault

August 12, 2008
The Hartford Courat

EAST HARTFORD, CT - A local man is facing an assault charge after allegedly attacking a man who asked him to be careful near his new Corvette, police said.

Richard Messier, 44, of 5 Sherman Avenue, was arrested on Sunday at Michael's Cafe at 805 Burnside Ave. and was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree threatening and second-degree reckless endangerment, police said. Messier, who was arraigned Monday in Superior Court in Manchester, allegedly punched Steven Fishman, 41, of Bolton, in the face, causing severe facial injuries, and later threw a cinder block-like object at Fishman's car, causing visible damage.

An arrest warrant affidavit gave the following account:

Fishman was outside of the cafe looking at his car with the cafe's owner, when Messier pulled up on his motorcycle, police said. When he got off the motorcycle, he fell into the Corvette, and Fishman asked him to stay off it. Messier approached Fishman and angrily taunted him, and Fishman told him that he didn't want to fight and backed away, police said. Messier then punched Fishman in the face, and Fishman told police "the blow was so hard it felt like he had been hit with brass knuckles," since Messier was wearing a ring. Messier also threatened to kill Fishman if he called the police, police said. Fishman followed Messier's motorcycle after the incident, in order to tell police his whereabouts, and Messier threw a cinder block-like object at the passenger's side of Fishman's car.

Messier was also charged with second-degree breach of peace and first-degree criminal mischief. In court, Messier was ordered to have no contact with Fishman, and to stay away from Michael's Cafe. His bail was set at $100,000; his next court date is Sept. 12.