PITTSFIELD -- A 22-year-old city man is being held on assault and armed robbery charges after he allegedly used his pit bull as a weapon while mugging two people near Waconah Park on Friday.

Police arrived to a location along Turner Avenue at roughly 3 p.m. to find one of the two male victims bleeding from "apparent puncture wounds" in the bicep area.

"They said the [suspect] had approached them with a green mask over his face and used the pit bull to attack them in the course of stealing a backpack containing a black laptop," Officer Shaun Osborn of the Pittsfield Police Department said Friday night.

Responding Pittsfield Police Officer Eliezer Garcia rissued a be-on-the-lookout call on the suspect, who was found a short time later "in the nearby vicinity," and identified as Joshua Desnoyers, 22.

Osborn said County Ambulance transported the bite victim to Berkshire Medical Center, but did not provide his name. The stolen laptop was returned.

Based on an investigation and statements police took from the victims, Desnoyers will be charged with armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest.

He is being held at Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction on $25,000 bail. The dog is being held by the city's animal control officer for "safe keeping."

To reach Phil Demers:

pdemers@berkshireeagle.com

or (413) 464-1527.

On Twitter: @BE_PhilD


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