Thursday April 26, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Kentucky man accused of beating up his girlfriend’s mother is being held on $10,000 surety bail following his arraignment on Wednesday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Pittsfield Police arrested Kendy Laurent, 20, of Louisville, Ky., just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after they responded to a Cherry Street address and found Tina Barnes out front "crying hysterically."

Barnes told police that she heard Laurent abusing her daughter in their bedroom. When Barnes confronted him, Laurent began "choking her and banging her head off the wall" and at one point had her bent over a chair, according to a police report.

Police said they noticed Barnes’ neck had redness. She also complained of back pain and was transported to the hospital, treated and released.

According to court documents, Barnes told police that while Laurent was attacking her, her daughter, Kathleen Duclos, tried to stop him. Laurent then turned on her and began "swinging wildly on" Duclos.

All three live at the house.

Laurent denied abusing either woman. Duclos backed his story, allegedly telling police that while Laurent "got in" her mother’s face, he didn’t hit her. Duclos claimed her mother "fell over the couch."

On Wednesday, Laurent pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault and battery before Judge Bethzaida Sanabria-Vega and was held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction on $1,000 cash or $10,000 surety bail.


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The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office asked for double that bail amount, citing Laurent’s criminal record from Nevada and California. Laur ent’s attorney, William Barry, asked for $100 in bail for his client.

Laurent is scheduled to be back in court May 24.

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