PITTSFIELD -- A city man who allegedly attacked a woman and her friend with a miniature baseball bat while they slept was ordered held without bail for 90 days after a judge on Thursday ruled he was ruled to be a dangerous person.
Ryan March, 32, of Parkside Avenue, allegedly climbed through an unlocked window at the Woodlawn Avenue apartment of an acquaintance about 2 a.m. Sunday and began beating her and a 34-year-old man with a foot-long souvenir bat while they were asleep in bed, police said. The pair suffered cuts and contusions, but were not seriously injured and refused medical attention at the scene.
The woman, 31, was able to get March into a headlock and punched him in the face before he fled, police said.
The woman told police she had known March for a couple of months, but was not in a dating relationship with him.
Central Berkshire District Court Judge Michael J. Ripps ordered March held without bail following a hearing in which there were allegations that the defendant had a history of domestic abuse, including choking a woman, and had violated previous restraining orders not involving the alleged victim in this case.
The judge determined March should be held because of the seriousness of the charges, the potential penalties -- the burglary charge alone carries a 10-year minimum mandatory prison sentence -- and the risk that March poses to the alleged victims.
The defendant was ordered held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction without bail. A bail hearing is scheduled for December after the 90-day period is over.
March was arraigned earlier this week and has denied charges of armed burglary with assault and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, felonies.
He is represented by attorney Michelle Mechta.
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