Tuesday May 15, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Two Pittsfield residents, accused of beating up a 25-year-old woman while she was out walking with her 1-year-old and mother, pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Bryan T. Rahilly, 24, of Lyman Street, and Shayna J. Schafer, 29, of Pleasant Street, were arraigned on single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.

They allegedly attacked Amanda Sprouse on Friday morning while she walked on Maplewood Avenue near North Pearl Street. Sprouse's mother and young son were present during the beating, according to a probable cause report.

Rahilly and Schafer allegedly punched and kicked Sprouse, tore her clothing and ripped a chain from her neck. She suffered scratches on her neck and chest and bruising on her face.

Afterward, the two alleged attackers laughed about it and told Sprouse that if she called the police, "nothing's gonna happen," the report states.

Schafer also was charged with violating a harassment prevention order. Following the alleged assault, Schafer banged on Sprouse's sister's apartment door and bragged about the beating, according to the report. The sister has a harassment prevention order against Schafer.

On Monday, Rahilly and Schafer appeared before Judge Fredric D. Rutberg and were released on personal recognizance. They were ordered to have no contact with Sprouse.