Thursday June 21, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man who's already facing four assault and battery charges was held without bail on Wednesday in Central Berkshire District Court for allegedly smashing his girlfriend in the face with a glass bottle.

Stansbury Johnson, 32, of South John Street, was ordered held without bail by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg after an arraignment on a felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge. Johnson has pleaded not guilty.

On Monday, there will be a hearing to determine whether Johnson is a danger to the victim or the community. If found to be a danger, he can be held for up to 90 days without bail.

Pittsfield Police arrested Johnson early Wednesday morning at about 2:25 after they found his 34-year-old girlfriend sitting on the steps of a Memorial Drive home holding a blood-soaked towel to her face.

The woman refused to speak with police about what happened and refused medical assistance. She also declined to file a restraining order against Johnson.

Two witnesses told police they saw Johnson hit the woman in the face with a bottle during an argument.

One witness said she heard the woman say: "Stan, are you serious? You hit me with a bottle."

Johnson allegedly ran off after the incident and was arrested a short time later by police.


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According to one of the witnesses who knows the couple, Johnson has been beating his girlfriend for some time, but the girlfriend "doesn't say anything" about it, a police report stated.

The couple has been dating for about three years, according to the report.

Johnson already has four pending assault and battery cases, three of which involve the victim of the current case. The fourth is for an alleged assault on a juvenile.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office also will ask to revoke Johnson's bail on the other cases, according to court documents.

Attorney David C. Cafarelli represents Johnson on his most recent case.

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