New Britain man allegedly bit police officer following mention of firearms inside Plainville restaurant

Published on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 13:24


PLAINVILLE -- A New Britain man faces charges for allegedly biting a policeman and trying to bite another officer following an incident inside a local fast food restaurant in which firearms were allegedly mentioned.

Shortly after the incident, which was reported on Aug. 12, around 9:40 p.m., in the Wendy’s restaurant on New Britain Avenue, police pulled over a U-Haul truck with a driver and passenger inside. They were identified as Nicholas Herman, 41, of 553 East St., New Britain, and Tyron Lawrence, 40, of Hamden, according to the police report.

The police report said officers originally received the report that two men had displayed a firearm at the restaurant, though officers later wrote in the report that no gun was found and witnesses said there was only a mention of firearms. Two separate witnesses from the restaurant said two men were upset about their food taking long before they made reference to having guns. One witness said he heard the suspects say something about “catching bullets,” while another said she heard one of the suspects make a comment about “shooting up the place,” the report said.

Upon pulling over the U-Haul, police told the driver, identified as Lawrence, to get out of the vehicle. He complied with all commands and was later charged with second-degree breach of peace for the incident in Wendy’s, police wrote.

The passenger, identified as Herman, initially refused to get out of the truck before eventually getting out and ignoring commands to keep his hands behind his back, according to police. An officer then tried to grab his hands, at which time Herman attempted to pull away, “beginning to fight with us,” police wrote.

While an officer struggled to get control of Herman’s hands, police wrote in the report, he reached for his waistband multiple times. The officer noted in the report that this is sometimes a common place for firearms to be kept.

The officer then used a taser on Herman and was able to handcuff him. Police said he then refused to walk and, upon being brought to a police cruiser, he kicked the vehicle and left a dent in it. While being placed in the back of the cruiser, according to police, Herman bit an officer’s biceps and attempted to bite a second officer.

The officer who was bitten suffered minor bruising and was evaluated by a medic. He declined any treatment.

Herman posted $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Oct. 13 on charges of assault on a police officer, interfering with police, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 13:24. Updated: Wednesday, 25 August 2021 13:27.