Police: Nashua Man Impersonated Law Enforcement, Sexually Assaulted Woman
NASHUA — A man was arrested on a number of charges Thursday after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman he knew and threatening a friend of her's with a gun while impersonating an officer.
Nashua police said on Monday, around 11:53 p.m., they received a report of a sexual assault and a man threatening others with a gun.
Police said detectives from the Special Investigations Division were notified because of the severity of the crime and Michael Graham, 24, of Nashua, was identified as a suspect.
After an investigation, officers determined that an adult woman, who is known to Graham, was sexually assaulted at his residence Monday night, police said.
The female called a male friend to pick her up at Graham’s Van Buren Street residence, but when her friend arrived and knocked on the door, Graham allegedly opened the door and pointed a handgun at him. Graham then verbally identified himself as a law enforcement officer and told the man to leave.
The man and the female victim left Van Buren Street and reported the incident to Nashua police.
Throughout the investigation, police said Graham referred to himself as Homeland Security Law Enforcement. However, police found that Graham was not a sworn member of any law enforcement agency, nor was he employed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Police said they did confirm that Graham was employed by a private security company as an armed security guard.
Detectives applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for Graham for criminal threatening, a class B felony, and on Tuesday, around 12:08 a.m., they arrested Graham at his residence. Police said charges of false impersonation and two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, both felonies, were added.
Graham was held on $100,000 cash bail pending his arraignment in Hillsborough County Superior Court – South on Thursday.