Wednesday July 11, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A city man claims his ex-girlfriend tried to slash him after she discovered "hickies" on his neck, while she claims it was he who attacked her when she tried to return a cellphone.

Both Joshua Desnoyers and Sarah Somes pleaded not guilty on Monday in Berkshire District Court to single counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery. Both were released on personal recognizance and received restraining orders against one another.

According to court documents, Somes, 19, told police that when she went to return her ex-boyfriend's cellphone she was attacked upon entering his Madison Avenue apartment on Sunday afternoon. She said Desnoyers forced her to the ground, punched her in the stomach, put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. Somes also alleged he ran toward their 18-month-old child with a knife in his hand.

Desnoyers tells a very different story. According to statements made in court, as well as in a police report, Desnoyers alleged that Somes came over to the house to return his cellphone and to discuss their relationship. But when she saw two "hickies" on his neck, she began punching him and then attacked him with two knives, slashing at his crotch area as he sat in a chair in his boxer shorts. He was not cut.

Desnoyers said he then wrestled Somes to the ground and with the help of a friend was able to disarm her.

On Monday, Somes had her arm in a sling.

Douglas McGuinan, who told police that he witnessed the incident, said Somes threw a cellphone Desnoyers tried to use to call police. Somes has additionally been charged with witness intimidation.

McGuinan, a friend of Desnoyers, corroborated Desnoyers' story, but said he only saw one knife.

The Pittsfield Police arrested both Desnoyers and Somes on Sunday.

Desnoyers has other unrelated pending cases in the same court.

Desnoyers is represented by attorney John A. Bernardo. Isabel W. Colonna is Somes' attorney.

Both defendants will be back in court in September.