PITTSFIELD -- A city woman is facing several felony charges for allegedly beating her boyfriend with a cane after breaking into the home of his former girlfriend, where he was seeking shelter, police said.
Shirley M. Alexander, 35, of Third Street, smashed the glass out of a door to gain entry to the woman's Fourth Street home about 2:20 a.m. Thursday and then attacked her 39-year-old boyfriend, beating him with a cane, according to Pittsfield police. It was unclear whose cane it was.
The victim had gone to his former girlfriend's house to get away from Alexander, who also had attacked him earlier, police said. His face was bloody when he arrived at the home.
The man suffered a bruised arm in the second assault, in which Alexander allegedly used the cane. Alexander had a cut on her arm.
Both were transported to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment. Before she was placed under arrested, Alexander allegedly bolted from the emergency room and was chased down by police officers and arrested on First Street near Stoddard Avenue.
She has been charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and vandalizing property, all felonies.
Alexander's boyfriend did not seek an emergency restraining order, according to the police report. He was released from the hospital.
Alexander is scheduled to be arraigned today in Central Berkshire District Court.
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