Joshua W. Figler, 24, of Frederick Street is accused of assaulting his 20-year-old girlfriend after continued bickering over the woman's pregnancy.
Figler, who was released on personal recognizance after his arraignment yesterday in Central Berkshire District Court, is charged with assault and battery and aggravated assault and battery. The combined maximum penalty for both crimes is 71/2 years in state prison.
Figler, a sales manager at Clean Home Consultants in Pittsfield, was arrested Wednesday by city police.
The woman, who was identified as a Williams College student in court papers, sustained minor bumps and bruises. She was treated at Berkshire Medical Center and later released.
The woman claimed Figler, who learned about the pregnancy Saturday, does not want her to have the baby, according to a report by Pittsfield Police Officer Cheryl M. Belknap.
"(She) wants to keep the baby and refuses to get an abortion," said Belknap, noting that Figler "has become more frustrated and aggressive" toward the woman since learning about the pregnancy.
Figler pushed the woman off their bed after arguing Monday night, police said. And Wednesday morning, after yet another argument, the woman claimed Figler
The girlfriend fell to the ground and crawled away from Figler. Belknap said the woman went to a neighbor's apartment "to gain some composure," where she began to feel light-headed. The woman, out of concern for their baby, asked Figler to drive her to the hospital, police said, but Figler declined.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10 in District Court.
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