PITTSFIELD -- Two Pittsfield men were charged by Pittsfield Police with assault to murder for allegedly taking part in the stabbing of a 26-year-old Pittsfield male acquaintance Friday afternoon.

Michael Anthony Bollin, 33, and Anthony Paul Holley Sr., 52, both face the charges, which stem from an alleged fight that occurred inside the victim's apartment on Lincoln Street Friday.

The three got into a fight at the victim's home after an argument, Pittsfield Police Sgt. Mark Trapani said. Trapani described the nature of the disagreement as "minor" in nature.

Holley was believed to have entered the home to visit a friend. When the victim came home later, an argument and fight ensued. The victim allegedly was stabbed once in the chest by Holley during the fight.

Bollin allegedly took part by knocking down a door to a room in which the victim was hiding in, after the victim escaped from Holley initially after the fight erupted. "He encouraged the whole thing," Trapani said of Bollin.

At some point, the victim's pit bull tried to protect its owner and was allegedly stabbed once in the face with the knife by Holley, Trapani said.

Both the male and the dog survived the injuries. The chest wound to the 26-year-old was considered non-life threatening. He was admitted to Berkshire Medical Center, treated and released, Trapani said.

Both Holley and Bollin face felony armed assault to murder charges, though Holley is the only one accused of actually stabbing the victim. Holley was also charged with animal cruelty for stabbing the dog. Bolling faces an additional charged of vandalizing property, by kicking down the door.

They are both being held at Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on $30,000 bail while they await an arraignment scheduled for Monday in front of a judge.

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