PITTSFIELD -- A man who allegedly used a baseball bat in an apparently random attack on a woman early Thursday morning is being held without bail.
According to a Pittsfield Police report, Alex Leclair, 19, of Wellington Avenue, fractured the woman’s skull, damaged her eardrum and left her apparently unconscious on Orchard Street at about 1:15 a.m. Thursday. The woman’s identity and medical condition was not immediately available.
Minutes before the alleged attack, Leclair had been brought home by police because he was intoxicated and had been involved in "an altercation" with three women on Daniels Avenue. In that incident, Leclair had done nothing "arrestable," according to the report.
Ten minutes later, police responded to Orchard Street, around the corner from Leclair’s residence, for a report of an unconscious woman in the middle of the street. When they arrived, the woman was conscious, but disoriented and was "rambling" about being attacked by a man who police said fit Leclair’s description. She said he had a dog with him and that he threatened her with a gun and a knife before hitting her with what she described as a "stick."
The report seemed to indicate that the woman didn’t know Leclair.
She was bleeding from her ear and was rushed to Berkshire Medical Center by ambulance where it was later determined she suffered a fractured skull and "a jagged puncture" to her right eardrum.
A few minutes after police arrived on scene, they located Leclair in the neighborhood. According to police, he was so intoxicated that it "appeared Leclair had no idea what was going on." A baseball bat with blood spatter was found nearby, said police.
On Thursday, Leclair appeared in Central Berkshire District Court with his attorney, Jessica Byrne, and pleaded not guilty to a single count of felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
He was held without bail at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Corrections by Judge Paul M. Vrabel pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Aug. 29. If found to be a danger, Leclair could be held for up to 90 days without bail. The defense and prosecution agreed to the move, according to court documents.
A call to Pittsfield Police Chief Michael J. Wynn for further comment was not immediately returned.
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