Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a 25-year-old Hull man, James Reichardt of 48 Bates St., who is alleged to have pistol-whipped another man over a drug deal gone badly on Saturday (Jan. 16) around 10:25 p.m. on the steps of St. Stephen’s Church on S. Main Street.
The arrest warrant was served on Reichardt at the Bridgewater Correctional Complex where he is serving 30-days in custody on an unrelated matter.
A Cohasset couple on their way home from dinner witnessed the alleged assault.
Police responded to the scene on a report of two men fighting, one of whom may have had a firearm.
Upon arrival, police found a 33-year-old Hull man bleeding profusely with blunt-force trauma to the left side of his face near his eye and to the back of his head.
Investigation revealed the alleged victim had set up a drug deal with Reichardt and they planned to meet on the stairs of the church. The two met up that night and Reichardt allegedly stole a quantity of marijuana and sugar cubes injected with LSD from the alleged victim and allegedly hit him on the head the handgun.
Reichardt, who formerly lived in Cohasset, is being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (handgun); armed robbery with a firearm; and assault and battery.
Assisting Cohasset police detectives with the investigation were detectives from Hingham and Hull police, along with Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (a federal agency) and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department.
Cohasset Police Chief Bill Quigley praised the tenacity and resolve of his detectives saying, “ This was a solid investigation that resulted in a person with a penchant for violence being kept off of the streets.”