Wednesday July 10, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A 24-year old Pittsfield man was held on $250 bail on Wednesday after being arraigned on assault and breaking and entering charges.

Jerome H. Spratling, of Summer Street, pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to assault and battery, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony.

According to police, Spratling was arrested on Tuesday night on a warrant that had been issued in connection with an incident that took place the day before.

Spratling’s former girlfriend told police on Tuesday that he had entered her apartment the night before after climbing up the fire escape, then assaulted her.

She said Spratling threw her around the apartment multiple times leaving bruises on her arms, legs and back, then hit her in the side of the head with a bag full of DVDs, the police report states. He covered her mouth when she tried to scream for help, and strangled her to the point of unconsciousness, which left marks on her neck.

The victim was treated and released at Berkshire Medical Center.

Spratling was served with a restraining order obtained by the victim while he was being booked at the police station. He claimed that the victim’s injuries were self-inflicted, according to the police report.

District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg scheduled a pre-trial hearing for Sept. 16.