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PITTSFIELD -- A 20-year-old Pittsfield man was arrested Thursday morning after an alleged home invasion and assault at Maple Street in Pittsfield.

The incident was reported to Pittsfield Police at 1:28 a.m. after Vaughn Ashley allegedly broke down the door of the residence and assaulted his ex-girlfriend. Ashley allegedly kicked down the door after unsuccessfully attempting to use a knife to pry it open. Once inside the residence, he went to the bedroom of his 21-year-old ex-girlfriend, threw her to the bed and placed a large kitchen knife to her throat, Pittsfield Police Sgt. Michael Maddalena said.

Residents inside the home urged him to leave and told him they were calling police, Maddalena said. Ashley left the room and allegedly punched a wall and stabbed the wall with the knife, Maddalena said.

Police responded to the scene and saw two males leaving the residence who refused to stop. Both were apprehended. The man accompanying Ashley was not charged. Police determined that he helped get Ashley out of the residence, Maddalena said.

Ashley suffered a cut to his hand that was deemed to be a result of using the knife to try and break into the residence. Police found broken parts of the knife in the doorway.

Ashley was charged with home invasion, assault and battery and vandalizing property. He is due to be arraigned Thursday morning in Central Berkshire District Court.