PITTSFIELD -- A city man is being held without bail for allegedly beating a woman and a male friend with a souvenir-sized baseball bat while they were asleep early Sunday.

Ryan March, 32, of Parkside Avenue, is accused of climbing through an unlocked window at the Woodlawn Avenue apartment of the woman about 2 a.m. and attacking the woman, 31, and her friend, 34.

While hitting the two with a foot-long bat, police said, March screamed derogatory names at the woman, who said she had known March for a couple of months, but was not in any official dating relationship with him.

The woman managed to put March in a headlock and punch him in the face before he ran from the residence, police said. March later turned himself in.

The victims suffered cuts and contusions, but were not seriously injured.

March, represented by attorney Michelle Mechta, pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to a single count of felony armed burglary with assault and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. March's face appeared to have abrasions.

He was held without bail by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg until a dangerousness hearing, which is scheduled for Thursday. If found to be dangerous he could be held for up to 90 days without bail.

The burglary charge alone carries a 10-year mandatory minimum state prison sentence upon conviction.

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