NORTH ADAMS — Twin brothers were being held on $5,000 cash bail on Monday for allegedly assaulting a man behind the Big Y supermarket in Adams on Saturday.
Tyler and Caleb Sherman, 23, allegedly followed a man on foot before assaulting him behind the store, where police found him bloodied at about 3:30 p.m., according to a criminal complaint filed by Adams Police Sgt. Donna Malloy.
The victim identified the Sherman brothers as the assailants to police, who tracked them down on Commercial Street and arrested them, according to the police report.
Caleb Sherman, of Cheshire, and Tyler Sherman, of Adams, denied their involvement, according to the report.
The victim's account was corroborated in statements provided to police by a husband and wife who were sitting in their nearby parked car at the time of the incident. A third witness also reportedly told police he witnessed the fight while taking out the trash at his apartment and identified the assailants as the Sherman twins, according to the report.
The man reported that one brother punched him in the face while another came up from behind him and knocked him to his knees. Once on the ground, the victim was allegedly punched and kicked.
The victim, who needed two stitches underneath his eye and possibly suffered a concussion, told police that the bad blood between he and the Shermans began when their friend never paid for a $300 laptop that the victim had sold to him. The argument had boiled over on Facebook.
In addition to the witness statements, police also noted a blood stain on Caleb Sherman's jeans, the report states.
A third person was with the Shermans at the time of the assault but did not participate, according to the victim. The man was unknown to the victim.
The brothers pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, malicious destruction of property under $250, disturbing the peace, threatening to commit a crime, intimidating a witness, and strangulation.
Judge Paul H. Smyth ordered the men held at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction in lieu of $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bond.
Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.