Tuesday July 24, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Pitts field man whose threats to kill himself Saturday with an allegedly stolen handgun precipitated a two-hour stand off with law enforcement in a Cheshire cemetery was re leased from custody on Monday under the condition that he immediately enroll in a mental health facility.

Andrew Apple, 27, of Dalt on Avenue, pleaded not guilty to single counts of larceny of a firearm and illegal possession of both a firearm and of ammunition when he was arraigned Monday in Central Berkshire District Court.

During a bail hearing following his arraignment, Dist rict Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg said he would release Apple on personal recognizance under the condition that he admit himself to Berkshire Medical Center's Jones Psych iatric Unit. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 20.

According to a police report, Apple took a .25 caliber handgun owned by his girlfriend, Laure Fenwick, from her purse following an argument over the status of their relationship. The couple have two young children.

After Apple left their residence in Fenwick's car, police found him in a cemetery in Cheshire by tracing the number of his cellphone while he was talking to his girlfriend. Pittsfield Police, state police and Cheshire Police responded to the scene.

Officers set up a perimeter in the cemetery, and brought in negotiator Dale Eason of the Berkshire Special Resp onse Team. After two hours, Apple exited the vehicle with no further incident and was placed under arrest.


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