PITTSFIELD -- A city man who is wanted in Puerto Rico on attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting up the home of a rival gang member is being held on $10,000 cash bail.

Miguel Rivera-Montes, 31, of Fenn Street, was pulled over by Pittsfield Police on North Street on Saturday afternoon for having an expired inspection sticker on the van he was driving. Police ran his information and found that he was wanted by Puerto Rican law enforcement officials, according to prosecutors.

On Monday in Central Berkshire District Court, Rivera-Montes appeared before Judge Fredric D. Rutberg. The defendant’s attorney, Julia G. Allen, told the court that Rivera-Montes believed his life would be in danger if he was returned to Puerto Rico. She did not elaborate.

According to court documents, Rivera-Montes was allegedly involved in a shooting that took place in Orocovis, a city located in the center of Puerto Rico, on Jan. 4, 2008.

When arrested Saturday, he allegedly told police he "owed" Puerto Rican authorities "a lot of time for a shooting he was involved in with his neighbors and that nobody was struck," according to a police probable cause report.

He allegedly told police he had been on the run since 2008.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office said it was a gang-related incident.

In Puerto Rico, Rivera-Montes is facing two charges of attempted murder and a single charge of damaging property valued over $1,000.

Rutberg held the defendant on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail.

Puerto Rican officials said they would be coming to pick up Rivera-Montes.

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