PITTSFIELD -- A city man was detained for violating his probation on Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend, according to authorities.
Jason Deines, 23, of East Housatonic Street, pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to two counts of aggravated assault and battery, and possession of a Class B substance.
District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg granted the probation department’s request and ordered Deines held in jail pending a violation of probation hearing on Nov. 6. A pre-trial hearing has also been scheduled for that date.
Rutberg set bail for Deines at $1,000.
Attorney Ryan Smith, who represented Deines, asked the court to release the defendant on personal recognizance so he wouldn’t lose his job. But Rutberg said he would order Deines detained as a matter of "public safety."
Assistant District Attorney Kelly Mulcahy Kemp said Deines is currently on probation for similar offenses, which probation officer John Lander said involve a different woman.
"She was also pregnant at the time he assaulted her," Lander said.
Lander said the latest incident was originally brought to his attention when he received a phone call from the victim’s mother on Friday. According to Lander, Deines went to the victim’s house, threatened both mother and daughter, and threw a water bottle at the victim.
When a man at the house intervened and told Deines to calm down, the defendant punched him in the face, Lander said. No charges have been filed in that incident Lander said, although the victim gave a statement in Spanish to a police officer. That statement has yet to be transcribed, he said.
Police later arrested Deines after they found him hiding in the grass at the victim’s home, Lander said. He was found to be in possession of the Class B substance when taken into custody.
Smith said Deines "vigorously contests" the charges against him, claiming that some of the incidents the victim says occurred never happened.
The victim obtained an emergency restraining order against Deines when the incident occurred on Friday. At her request, Rutberg on Tuesday extended the restraining order for one year.