Friday July 6, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- Two South County men were arraigned Thursday for their alleged roles in a fight in which one of the men brandished a knife, according to police.

James W. Morrison, 21, of Hillsdale Road, South Egremont, was arraigned in Southern Berkshire District Court on a felony count of assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor charges of assault and battery and trespassing.

Morrison and another man, Mathew R. Bleau, 19, of State Road in Great Barrington, allegedly drove by a group of locals standing at the corner of Park and Front streets on Monday night in the village of Housatonic, shouting unprovoked obscenities and pulling into a parking lot near Country Curtains.

Morrison then got out of the car and began to approach one of the people congregating outside the garage, flashing a knife and repeatedly stating: "I'll cut you," according to witnesses.

One man, Paul J. Margrat, 20, of Sandisfield Road in Sandisfield, walked to meet Morrison and the two began to scuffle, according to police. Morrison allegedly punched Margrat in the side of the head, causing him to collapse to the ground.

Bleau then walked up and allegedly kicked Margrat in the side, hard enough to cause his body to leave the ground, according to witnesses.

Bleau was arraigned Thursday on one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Citing injuries sustained in the altercation, Margrat told police he blacked out and had no memory of the incident beyond the initial contact.

Bleau and Morrison were arrested Monday night when police located them in downtown Great Barrington. Both men are due back in district court Aug. 9.