PITTSFIELD -- A city man who allegedly used his pit bull-type dog as a weapon to rob someone last month pleaded not guilty to robbery and other charges and remains held on $10,000 cash bail.
Joshua Desnoyers, 22, of Cloverdale Street, approached two men in Wahconah Park on Sept. 27, punched a 22-year-old in the face and sicced his dog on a 30-year-old man, who he then robbed of his backpack containing a laptop computer and $33, according to Pittsfield Police.
Investigators allege Desnoyers was wearing a bandana on his face during the attack and kicked the 30-year-old in the ribs while the man was on the ground attempting to fend off the dog.
When police arrived, Desnoyers allegedly fled, with his dog in tow, and dropped the backpack, according to court documents. He was eventually cornered by police and arrested.
The 30-year-old victim was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was treated for several puncture wounds and released. The 22-year-old also sought medical attention for minor injuries.
The three men were apparently known to each other.
Desnoyers pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday to single counts of armed and masked robbery and resisting arrest and two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.
The armed robbery charge alone carries a minimum mandatory 5 years in state prison and a maximum life sentence upon conviction.
Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini ordered Desnoyers held on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. If the defendant makes bail he is required to have no contact with the alleged victims.
Desnoyers’ dog is being held at the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter as evidence in the case, police said.
The animal’s fate remains undecided, because the dog would have to be released by the District Attorney’s office before a decision can be reached.
Desnoyers, who is represented by attorney Joshua C. Hochberg, is due back in court Jan. 30 for a pretrial hearing. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack.
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