PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield woman pleaded not guilty to allegedly attacking her wheelchair-user ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend inside a nursing home.

Alicia Welch, 20, of Danforth Avenue in Pittsfield, denied charges of felony assault and battery on a disabled person and vandalizing property and a misdemeanor count of assault and battery.

Central Berkshire District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg on Tuesday released Welch on personal recognizance, but ordered her to refrain from abusing her former boyfriend and his new girlfriend.

Police responded to Hillcrest Commons Nursing Home on Sunday afternoon for a reported disturbance. There, police said they found Welch's 26-year-old ex-boyfriend in his room "visibly upset and shaking." He allegedly told police Welch had come into the room, found him with his new girlfriend and began fighting the woman over a DVD inside a PlayStation that Welch was walking out with.

According to a police, Welch punched the woman in the head, ripped a gold necklace from her neck, and smashed her ex-boyfriend's phone before leaving the room. The man went after her and "a struggle" ensued in the hallway. Welch punched him in the face several times and then knocked him from his wheelchair before staff could separate the pair, according to a witness statement.

Welch told police she bit the man in the arm in an attempt to get away from him.

Police determined Welch was the "initial aggressor" and placed her under arrest.


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Welch, represented by attorney David C. Cafarelli, is expected to be back in court in May for a pretrial hearing. The attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.