PITTSFIELD -- A 21-year-old city resident is being held without bail in connection with a stabbing on Sunday evening that left a man with a punctured kidney that required emergency surgery.

Rupert A. Walters, of Lenox Avenue, denies having a knife and said through his lawyer that he was only trying to stop the intoxicated 23-year-old man from beating his girlfriend.

On Monday in Central Berkshire District Court, Walters denied a single count of felony aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and was held by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg at the request of the Probation Department. Walters is on probation in relation to a December 2011 domestic abuse case. He's being held without bail until an Aug. 21 probation hearing.

According to a Pittsfield Police probable cause report, officers responded Sunday at about 7:30 p.m. to the area of Wellington Avenue between Orchard and Lincoln Streets for a reported fight. They discovered a 23-year-old man with his shirt off and covered in blood. Police said the man was "in an aggressive state" with "a high level of intoxication."

He was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for a stab wound to his left side near his rib cage. He required emergency surgery for a punctured kidney and other injuries, said police. He remains at Berkshire Medical Center.

According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Jeffrey Clarke, Walters stabbed the man with a kitchen knife that had a six- to eight-inch blade.

Walters' attorney, Marc C. Vincelette, told the court that there was a lot more to the story. He said his client was a hardworking father of one who jumped in to try to save the woman.

According to the lawyer, Walters was sitting on his grandmother's porch when he saw a man beating up on a 24-year-old woman who was trying to keep him from driving drunk. The man allegedly punched the woman and head-butted her before two other women attempted to stop the man. It was at this point that Walters attempted to intervene, said the attorney.

According to the police report, several witnesses told police that the man who was stabbed was the aggressor in the fight with Walters.

"He absolutely denies having a knife," Vincelette told the court, adding that there were other people involved who could have done the stabbing.

Other witnesses identified Walters as the person with the knife.

The weapon was not taken into evidence by police. Witnesses said a woman retrieved the knife and ran off with it.

Walters is being held without bail until his probation hearing. Bail in the alleged stabbing was set at $1,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

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