PITTSFIELD -- A man who police say stabbed a stranger, bit a relative and assaulted an acquaintance outside a city house party late Monday remains free on $500 bail after pleading not guilty to five charges, including three felonies.

Philip Obert Jr., 33, of Robbins Avenue, drunkenly attacked a 49-year-old man, slashing his chest, and slightly nicking a 23-year-old female acquaintance in the back with a knife outside a party on Linden Street, Pittsfield Police and prosecutors say. He also allegedly bit a 31-year-old relative on the knuckles.

None of the victims were severely injured, according to the report.

According to a police report, an intoxicated Obert attempted to start fights at the party, was convinced to leave and then returned 5 minutes later charging out of some bushes, waving the knife.

After being taken into custody at about 10:30 p.m., Obert allegedly slammed his shoulder into a police officer and tried to flee. He was taken to the ground by the officer.

Police said they found two knives on Obert.

Obert said he was attacked by other partygoers and was merely defending himself.

His attorney, Michelle Mechta, said the police report didn't tell the whole story and that her client was severely beaten by several people at the party after he got in a shoving match with his relative.

At Tuesday's arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court, Obert's face was battered and scraped. Mechta said Obert's body was badly bruised as well.


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Obert denied charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office asked for $20,000 in bail, citing Obert's record, which included assaultive behavior, and a history of not making his court appearances.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg released Obert on $500 bail with the condition he stay away from the alleged victims. He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing Oct. 8.

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