Saturday February 16, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A 20-year-old man who police say threatened his ex-girlfriend with a knife while she was working is being held without bail following his arraignment on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Jamar Holloway, of Pittsfield, was already facing assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges for allegedly hitting the same woman in the head with a cell phone, slapping her and then tossing hot sauce on her on Christmas Day.

On Friday, he had his bail revoked by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg on that case and can be held for 60 days. He is also facing a hearing on Feb. 22 to determine whether he is a dangerous person. If found to be a danger, he can be held for up to 90 days.

According to police and prosecutors, on Sunday, Holloway went to Macy’s in the Berkshire Mall and began arguing with his 21-year-old ex-girlfriend and "partially pulled out" a black-handle knife from a pants pocket. When a friend and coworker of the alleged victim tried to intervene Holloway grabbed both women by their wrists.

A friend of Holloway’s pulled him away as he was reaching for the knife a second time, according to police.

Four days later, Holloway allegedly texted the woman and told her he wanted to spend time with her on Valentine’s Day. After being rebuffed, he texted her a picture of a handgun and threatened a male friend of hers, said police. No charges have been filed in relation to the alleged texts.

A warrant was issued against the defendant who was arrested by the Pittsfield Police on Thursday after they located Holloway with the help of a confidential informant.

He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault and battery and a single count of felony assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack, this is the third crime involving the same victim. She said Holloway was previously on probation for another case involving the woman and that he violated his terms and ended up serving 10 days in jail.

Mack said Holloway’s violent behavior was escalating and that he was a danger to the victim.

Holloway is being represented by attorney William D. Barry on the newest case. Jerrold F. Trahey is representing him on the other case, which is scheduled for trial in September.