Friday June 29, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A city woman is being held in lieu of $50,000 surety bail on armed robbery charges for allegedly putting a knife to the throat of an 82-year-old man and stealing $23 and his cell phone.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Chantell Most, 29, of Madison Avenue, pleaded not guilty to a single count of armed robbery of Raymond Petell, of Hinsdale.

On Wednesday, at about 1:30 p.m., Petell picked up Most in his car as she was walking on North Street and drove her to East Housatonic Street. He allegedly told police he gave Most $5.

According to the Pittsfield Police Department, Petell pulled into the back of a building on East Housatonic Street and Most removed the keys from the car’s ignition.

"I thought she was putting the keys up to my neck, but when I got a closer look I saw it was a knife," Petell told police.

"Give me your money. I want all your money," Most allegedly told Petell.

Petell said Most cut his shoulder, took $23 and his cell phone, and jumped out of the car.

Police say they arrested Most a few minutes later and recovered the money, cell phone and a knife.

Petell’s friend, Harold Scutt, 63, said he warned Petell about Most, his neighbor, and told police that Most had propositioned him earlier, something he said he mentioned to Petell, according to a police report.

On Thursday, Judge Paul Vrabel ordered Most to jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $50,000 bail.


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The judge cited her criminal record as one of the reasons for the high bail.

Most’s most recent criminal conviction came in January 2011 for a slew of charges from two separate cases. In one, she pleaded guilty to 51 charges that included forgery and larceny. The other case included charges of possession of a class B substance, assault with a dangerous weapon, and larceny from a person. She was sentenced to six months in jail on all charges.

Most is scheduled to be back in court for her new charges with her attorney, Thomas J. Donohue Jr., next month. The case will likely head to Berkshire Superior Court.