PITTSFIELD -- One of two Connecticut men allegedly involved in a South County stabbing and armed robbery is being held on $2,500 bail following his arraignment on Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court.

Deon "Ace" Allen, 21, of Waterbury, pleaded not guilty to three felonies before Judge Daniel A. Ford.

According to police and prosecutors, Allen, along with Kijuame Taft, 33, stabbed Aaron Strampach, a 25-year-old Sheffield man, during a Sept. 14 early-morning altercation on Depot Street in Great Barrington.

The pair was allegedly trying to collect money from Strampach following a drug deal in Housatonic.

Strampach suffered two stab wounds to the arm and one in the abdomen. He was treated at the hospital and released the next day.

Both Allen and Taft were arrested in Connecticut a month after the alleged crime was committed and were returned to Massachusetts.

On Thursday, Allen pleaded not guilty to armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and witness intimidation.

Ford held Allen on $2,500 cash or bond. The bail amount had been agreed upon by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke and Allen's lawyer, Thomas J. Donohue Jr.

If released on bail Allen must stay away from the alleged victim and witnesses.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Feb. 21.

Taft, who has addresses listed in both Pittsfield and Waterbury, has also been indicted and is expected to be arraigned on similar charges next week.


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