Thursday October 25, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The Dalton teen accused of attacking his younger brother with metal pipe pleaded not guilty to three felonies on Monday in Central Berkshire District Court and remains free pending the outcome of his case.

Jesse J. Boateng, represented by attorney Alexander R. Shmulsky, appeared before Judge Michael Mulcahy and denied single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation and carrying a dangerous weapon, all felonies.

Boateng allegedly told police his brother slipped and fell and struck his head on coffee table. The brother tells another story.

According to him, after the two argued over some video games, Boateng approached him inside their house and hit his brother in the left side of his head with a three- to four-foot long metal pipe using "a two-handed, baseball-style swing."

The 14-year-old said he could feel the blood pouring from his head after being hit. He was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, treated and released.

According to police, after the attack, but before his ar rest, Boateng begged his brother to change his story and apologized for hitting him.

Boateng was later arrested at his home after initially eluding capture. He was released on $1,000 bail on Saturday and remains free. He is scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 4 for a pretrial hearing.


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The judge ordered him to refrain from abusing his brother.

The weapons charge stems from a spring-loaded knife police say they recovered from Boateng during his arrest. The pipe used in the assault has not been recovered.