PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of beating and holding a woman against her will for days has been ordered held as dangerous for four months.

Richard Carnute, 54, faces kidnapping and assault charges in connection with the incident. He denies the allegations.

During a dangerousness hearing Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court, his attorney, Shannon Plumb, said a witness told authorities he saw and spoke to the woman outside of her building during the period she said she was being held captive.

The woman claims Carnute forced his way into her apartment on June 5, removed the battery from the landline phone, took her cellphone, mentally and physically abused her and blocked her exit from the apartment.

The woman told police she ran from the apartment on the morning of June 8 while Carnute was tending to a cut on his hand, allegedly incurred after he smashed some items inside the apartment.

Plumb said a maintenance worker at the woman's building arrived on June 6 to address an issue with a lock and had to return the following morning to finish the job.

Plumb said the worker told authorities he spoke to the woman outside of her building and found Carnute sitting on a couch inside the apartment.


According to Plumb, the worker didn't note anything unusual during his time there.

Carnute has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon (knife), strangulation, intimidation of a witness, kidnapping and violating a restraining order.

Judge William Rota ordered Carnute held until Oct. 12 and set a pretrial hearing date of July 20.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.