Saturday July 7, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 30-year-old man picked up on a warrant for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend with a baseball bat was held on $5,000 bail after he was arraigned on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Robert Ryan, whose address is listed as Springfield in court papers, is also facing drug charges. After Pittsfield Police arrested him in the parking lot of the Walmart on Hubbard Avenue on Thursday, they allegedly discovered him in possession of marijuana and suboxone pills.

Ryan pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, violating a no abuse order and possession of Class B and D substances with the intent to distribute as a subsequent offense.

On April 3, Ryan used a baseball bat to attack a car in which his ex-girlfriend was a passenger, according to police. He then turned on his ex-girlfriend, Kamara L. Flascher, hitting her in the hand with the bat as she attempted to shield herself from him in his own car.

After police learned of Ryan’s location on Thursday, they arrested him as he sat in his car in front of Walmart at 9 p.m.

Ryan allegedly had $750 worth of marijuana packaged for sale, $2,350 in cash and two suboxone pills when he was taken into custody. There were also text messages on his phone concerning drug transactions, accor d ing to the police report.

His attorney, Joseph Colonna, told the court the pills were for personal use. As to the assault charges, Colonna said a witness to the incident told police he never saw Ryan hit Flascher with the baseball bat. Add itionally, there was no visible damage to the car, he said.

Flascher told police that Ryan hit her and that she feared for her life. There was an active no abuse order in place at the time of the alleged assault.

Assistant Berkshire Dist rict Attorney Laila Atta asked the court to set bail for Ryan at $12,000 cash, considering the violent nature of the April incident and Ryan’s criminal history, which includes two previous convictions for possession with the intent to distribute drugs.

"We would be seeking jail in both these cases," she told District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg.

A hearing on Ryan’s case is scheduled for July 24.

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