PITTSFIELD - A Windsor man has been arrested for allegedly trying to hold up a Subway sandwich shop on Tyler Street in Pittsfield earlier this month.

Matthew Calautti, 28, was arrested by state police and Pittsfield police at his family's home on Route 9 on Monday and charged with armed assault with intent to rob for allegedly using a knife while demanding money at the shop on Jan. 2.

After pacing around the store, Calautti allegedly covered his head and demanded money from the cashier at Subway and then tried unsuccessfully to open the register himself, according to the police report. Calautti allegedly held a knife and covered his face with clothing while demanding the cash.

The store's owner said the suspect was spooked and fled after an employee appeared out of a back room. He did not get away with any money.

Police identified Calautti by surveillance footage from the store as well as footage from another sandwich shop that the suspect allegedly entered that same night. An employee at Angelina's sub shop told police that the suspect was "acting strange" at that shop on Tyler Street about 17 minutes before he went to Subway.

According to the complaint, Calautti told police that he was "very depressed" and "suicidal" before the incident. He also said he was seeking psychiatric care and had a crack cocaine addiction.

Calautti pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday morning and was remanded to Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction by Judge Fredric Rutberg in lieu of $5,000 bail.


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He is due to appear back in court on Feb. 10.

To reach Nathan Mayberg: nmayberg@berkshireeagle.com or (413) 496-6243