PITTSFIELD — A child's 911 call on Thursday night led to the arrest of a Worcester man who allegedly throttled one woman, bit another and attempted to prevent them from calling for help.
Michael Bhatty, 30, was arrested on multiple charges after police were dispatched to Memorial Drive for a report of a disturbance about 10:50 p.m.
Upon arrival, police found Bhatty being restrained by two women, one of whom yelled, "arrest him," to officers.
Police detained Bhatty until they could establish what happened.
According to witnesses, Bhatty arrived at the apartment earlier in the evening and had begun drinking before allegedly assaulting one of the women,
Bhatty allegedly punched her, pulled her hair, threw her against a set of stairs and wrapped his hands around her neck hard enough to cause difficulty breathing.
He also allegedly hit her with a pair of thrown sandals and grabbed the phone from the woman's hands when she attempted to call for help and threw it at her as well, striking her with it.
When the second woman tried to intervene, Bhatty allegedly bit her on the left forearm, leaving a visible bruise, police said.
Bhatty allegedly grabbed and threw away other phones in the house and shut and locked the door when police arrived, according to court records.
The 9-year-old was able to get to a phone and call 911, police said. A second child, aged 6, also was present during the alleged altercation, police said.
Bhatty pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to two counts of assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of strangulation and intimidation of a witness.
He was released on his personal recognizance by Judge William Rota on the conditions he abide by any restraining orders in place and to not abuse any of the alleged victims.
He is due back in court on Feb. 16 for a pretrial hearing.