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Vandergrift man arrested on assault charges

posted Mar 1, 2012, 4:44 PM by Joseph Gray

Friday, February 24, 2012

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A Vandergrift man is accused of pointing a gun at another man he believes once beat him up, borough police said. Richard W. Nix, 55, of 501 1/2 Emerson St. was arrested at about 3 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Holland and 28th streets, police said. Chief Joe Caporali said 911 and police received numerous calls from neighbors about a shirtless man walking down an alley holding a handgun."The gun turned out to be a very realistic looking .177-caliber air pistol," the chief said. "Unlike some look-alikes, there was no orange plug in the barrel."Nix was arrested without incident.Nix reportedly told police he thought the 41-year-old Holland Street man he confronted had been among three men who previously has assaulted him, Caporali said. Nix was arraigned by Washington Township District Judge Jason Buczak. Nix was charged with simple assault, making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment. Nix was sent to the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $7,500 bond. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled.

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