PITTSFIELD — The man police say fled to Connecticut after being identified as a suspect in a Halloween shooting was ordered held on $50,000 bail after denying the charges against him.
Anthony "Dollar" Robertson, 33, whose last known address is in Albany, appeared in Central Berkshire District Court Thursday and pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and carrying a firearm without a license.
Robertson is accused of firing three shots at a city man, hitting him once in the abdomen.
The victim was treated and released from Berkshire Medical Center, according to police.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory M. Barry asked Judge Thomas Estes to consider a $250,000 bail because of the seriousness of the charges and allegations Robertson fled from Pittsfield Police both in a car and on foot and denied his identity to Connecticut police when they placed him under arrest.
Barry also noted Robertson's criminal record from both New York and Massachusetts dating back to 2000, which includes charges of robbery, drug possession, false impersonation, drug distribution and statutory rape.
Robertson's attorney Jill Sheldon told Estes that her client was not a flight risk, has returned to court, even when facing significant sentences and voluntarily waived his rendition from Connecticut to face his local charges.
Sheldon said Robertson also denied leading city police on a chase and giving false information to Connecticut police.
If he posts bail, Robertson must have no contact with the victim and he is due back in court on Dec. 18 for a pre-trial hearing.
Police allege that around 1 a.m. on Oct. 31, Robertson and his girlfriend were at Lach's Lounge on Fenn Street and became involved in an argument with another couple which caused a disturbance and prompted a police response.
According to court records, those involved in the disturbance had already left when police arrived.
Police said Robertson and his girlfriend followed the other couple to Lincoln Street where the altercation continued until Robertson pulled out a weapon and fired three shots at the victim before leaving the scene.
A witness identified Robertson as the shooter both through the nickname, "Dollar," and from a group of photographs.
Other witnesses identified Robertson's girlfriend as the woman who was with the shooter.
Sheldon said there were reasons why someone may falsely accuse Robertson of firing the shots, but did not get into details at Thursday's arraignment.
A warrant was issued for Robertson's arrest and he was allegedly spotted in a vehicle on Nov. 4 and police were led on a pursuit. Robertson allegedly abandoned his vehicle during the chase and fled on foot.
On Nov. 12, Pittsfield Police received information that Robertson was spotted at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., and they, in turn, notified the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force, Hartford Police Department, the U.S. Marshals and the Connecticut Parole Department.