PITTSFIELD -- A city woman and three male teens are facing armed robbery charges for allegedly using a stun gun on a man then beating and robbing him of marijuana and his cellphone.
Katie L. Morse, 22, of Livingston Avenue, is free on $3,000 bail after pleading not guilty on Tuesday to two felonies and a misdemeanor in the attack.
The victim, 19, told police he had made plans via Facebook to meet with the three teens to smoke marijuana on Spring Street around 1:30 p.m. Monday, but when he got into a Pontiac Grand Am allegedly driven by Morse, the others attacked him. He said they dragged him out of the car, shocked him with a stun gun, displayed what he believed was a BB pistol and threw him against the vehicle, denting it.
When he attempted to reach into the car to get his phone, police said, Morse drove backward and struck the man with the door.
The man was bleeding from his lip and eye when police arrived, according to the report, which said there were independent witnesses to the incident.
The man's cellphone and marijuana were later found at Morse's residence, police said.
Police arrested Morse, a 17-year-old male and two 16-year-old males. The status of the teens' cases are not publicly available.
Morse, represented by attorney Michelle Mechta, pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday on charges of felony armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor assault and battery.
Judge Fredric D. Rutberg released her on $3,000 bail. She is due back in court Oct. 22.
While in the past, 17-year-olds had their cases heard in adult court, because of a new law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick last week, 17-year-olds accused of crimes are now under the jurisdiction of the state's juvenile courts.
It's unclear whether the case will be headed to the grand jury.