PITTSFIELD -- A city man accused of beating his girlfriend with a broom handle, and kicking and punching her, is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for next week.

Brian E. Harris Jr., 26, of McLaughlin Place, allegedly attacked his 33-year-old girlfriend Wednesday morning when she attempted to leave the residence, police said. He allegedly pulled her by her hair, punched and kicked her and didn't stop until neighbors intervened.

Neighbors told police that they saw Harris on top of the woman choking her and that he was beating her on the back steps of the residence, according to a police report.

The woman was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment of possible internal injuries. She has since been released.

Harris, represented by attorney Jerrold F. Trehey, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Central Berkshire District Court to two felony counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor assault and battery.

He was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Monday. If found to be a danger he could be held for up to 90 days in jail without bail.

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