PITTSFIELD -- A city man who police say displayed a handgun to his child's mother and her teenage son during a domestic disturbance is being held as a dangerous person without bail.
Steve S. Grayson Sr., 34, of Dalton Avenue, went to the Daniels Avenue home of the mother of his 11-month-old baby about 9:30 p.m. Sunday and an argument about their relationship ensued, police said.
At one point, Grayson flung a pot of food off the stove and lifted up his shirt to show the black handgun stuck in his waistband three separate times, police said. When the 35-year-old woman asked Grayson whether he planned to shoot her and her teenage son he answered: "I'll do whatever the [expletive] I want to do," according to a police report.
The woman, her 15-year-old son and the small child she and Grayson have together were all in the room at the time Grayson made the threats, police said.
Grayson pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to two charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and violating a restraining order.
He took the stand and told the court he wasn't at the woman's home that night, hadn't been arguing with her and didn't own a gun. He said the woman was trying to get back at him because he has a new girlfriend.
Grayson's girlfriend and another woman took the stand to say they had never known Grayson to own or carry a gun. No gun was recovered by police in the case.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Daniel Hespeler told the court Grayson had a long out of state record that included drug and domestic assault charges as well as a gun-related charge. He asked that Grayson be held without bail as a danger to the 35-year-old woman and the general public.
Grayson's lawyer, Joseph P. Colonna, said that his client had only 10 days left of probation for a larceny case and had been a model probationer.
District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg ordered Grayson held without bail as a dangerous person. He can be held for up to 90 days without bail.
Grayson was also held on a probation violation. He is due back in court Nov. 20.
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