Sunday October 21, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A city man who allegedly committed a string of armed robberies in 2011 is scheduled to go to trial next month, while his co-defendant is set to take the stand for the prosecution.

Raheem Garrett and his co-defendant Laura Methe, 22, of Washington, appeared on Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court for a final pretrial hearing.

They are facing seven counts of armed robbery while masked, two counts each of armed assault and assault with a dangerous weapon, and a single count of attempted armed robbery while masked. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to police, Garrett, 28, robbed the Domino’s Pizza on Elm Street just before 11 p. m., Nov. 22, 2011. Police gave chase to the couple and cornered them on a dead end street.

Methe, who police said was the getaway driver and helped case the establishments, allegedly admitted she and Garrett committed a string of other armed robberies and attempts in Pittsfield beginning in late August and ending with the couple’s arrest in November.

According to Garrett’s attorney, Thomas J. Dono hue Jr., Garrett never made any admissions to the police and there was "no positive identification" of his client by witnesses.

First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello told the court on Thursday that Garrett’s trial will begin Nov. 19 and is scheduled to last three or four days.


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Methe is listed as a commonwealth witness, according to Caccaviello. Her case will be disposed of after Garrett’s trial, according to the attorneys in the case.

Garrett remains in jail on $25,000 cash or bond after having his bail reduced earlier this week.

Methe is currently free after being released in June with an ankle-monitoring device.

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