PITTSFIELD -- One of two city men accused of illegally carrying a handgun in August has been denied in his request for reduced bail.
"It's frightening. He's headed in the wrong direction," said Superior Court Judge John Agostini, referring to Jamar L. Holloway, who remains held on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bond. Holloway's attorney had asked the court to reduce the bail to $1,000 cash or $10,000 surety bond.
Police allege Holloway, 20, and Jerrel L. Hall, 21, were among a group of people seen running from the area of Columbus and Circular avenues at about 9:15 p.m. Aug. 19, where there had been reports of shots being fired.
When police told Holloway to put his hands up, he did, but then continued running from them, according to Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III.
He was eventually captured by police when he tripped over a tree root, the prosecutor said. Holloway was allegedly in possession of a Raven Arms MP-25 pistol and ammunition when arrested.
Holloway's attorney, Raymond J. Jacoub, said his client was running from the area because he thought he was being shot at and had been hit by a bullet. It was later determined he had not been shot, police said.
Additionally, the attorney said, two of the Pittsfield police officers who attempted to stop Holloway were in an unmarked police car, Holloway didn't fit the description of the suspects police were looking for and there was no evidence to show that the gun Holloway was allegedly in possession of had recently been fired.
Hall was found hiding near West Street, said police. Six baggies containing about $300 worth of crack cocaine were found on the ground nearby, as was a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver and ammunition, according to Kinzer.
Police said they recovered two spent shell casings from Hall's gun.
No one was reported injured in connection with the shooting.
Holloway has pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and improper storage of a firearm.
Hall denied similar charges plus an additional charge of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
He is represented by attorney Joshua C. Hochberg, and is held on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail.
Both men have been held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction since their arrests in August.
They are due back in court in December for a pretrial hearing.