PITTSFIELD -- A city man who police say held his ex-girlfriend against her will in the belief that she had been involved in a previous break-in of his home pleaded not guilty on Friday to a felony kidnapping charge and remains free on personal recognizance.
Pittsfield Police said they responded to the Allendale Shopping Center on Cheshire Road Thursday evening at about 6 and found a "crying and visibly upset" 19-year-old from North Adams who told them that she had just jumped from a car driven by Sean Roy Matthews after he refused to let her out.
The woman said Matthews, 22, of Cromwell Avenue, had picked her up in North Adams earlier that day and drove to Pittsfield. Later that afternoon, as he drove her back home so she could go to work, he allegedly questioned her about a breaking and entering at his residence that had happened on Wednesday.
The woman said Matthews believed she had been involved in the crime, became angry, grabbed her by the hair, slammed her head down and punched her in the leg after turning the car around and headed back to Pittsfield. He allegedly told her she would "not be going to work" that night and that he planned to take her to speak with his mother about the break-in, according to a police report.
The woman said she told Matthews to let her out several times, but that he refused, so she jumped from the car when he pulled into the mall parking lot on Cheshire Road, police allege.
On Friday, Matthews appeared in Central Berkshire District Court, denied single counts of kidnapping and domestic assault and battery and was released on personal recognizance by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg.
Matthews, who is represented by the Committee for Public Counsel Services, is scheduled to be back in court on Sept. 17.
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