PITTSFIELD >> "I freaked," said one of the three men allegedly threatened at gunpoint last week by Michael Womack.
"Everyone was trying to live another day," another said.
The comments came during a hearing Wednesday for Womack, who was ordered held as dangerous for 120 days.
Womack, 37, of Torrington, Conn., faces 10 charges in connection with the Aug. 10 incident in which he allegedly pulled a loaded gun from his waistband and threatened the men with it during an argument in a Lenox driveway.
Womack, who has been staying in Becket, went to the Golden Hill Road home about 9:31 p.m. after a series of text and phone messages, threatening to attack one of the men.
He allegedly took his girlfriend's truck and gun without permission and drove to confront the man. Two other men also were waiting in the driveway when Womack arrived.
When Womack's target suspected he was intoxicated and tried to call police and take a picture of the license plate, Womack pulled out the gun, pointed it at him and said, "Don't do it." All three men took Womack's threat seriously.
"He meant business when he said that," one testified.
"I heard 'Don't do it,' I heard 'gun,'" one testified. "That's all I needed to hear."
"Then, it was game on," one of the victims said.
"All hell broke loose," another said.
According to the men, one swiped Womack's gun hand to the side while the other two tackled him and took him to the ground, attempting to subdue and disarm him.
Once on the ground, the men testified that Womack pleaded and begged with them to let him go home, saying he'd "screwed up" and "made a mistake."
The men kept Womack subdued until police arrived.
Womack, who was being held in custody pending Wednesday's hearing, appeared in court with a pair of black eyes, wearing an orange jumpsuit.
His attorney, Thomas Donohue, pointed out the men assaulted Womack badly enough to send him to the hospital.
"What would you do?" one replied.
The victims said they're still shaken by the experience and are having trouble sleeping as a result.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Dana Parsons argued to keep Womack held as dangerous, saying he's shown a pattern of not being able to abide by court orders and has firearms-related offenses as well as resisting arrest, violations of restraining orders and witness intimidation charges on his record.
Donohue argued there is a huge dispute regarding the facts of the case and argued, while some bail would be appropriate, keeping Womack held as dangerous was not necessary.
He said there were less restrictive means to keep the victims and public safe and said a simple court order to stay away from and have no contact with those involved in the case would suffice.
Judge Patrick Sabbs disagreed and ordered Womack held without the right to bail for up to 120 days.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of carrying a firearm without a license, larceny of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor (second offense), operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, threatening to commit a crime and disturbing the peace.
Parsons said the case may be submitted to a grand jury for consideration to be moved into Superior Court.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.