PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man is facing an assault charge after he allegedly beat a woman because the breakfast she served him didn't include sausage.

Fritz Simeon, 57, had asked the woman for sausage with his pancakes, according to Pittsfield police. When his breakfast in bed arrived without the sausage, he became enraged and threw the plate to the floor.

He then yelled at her and called her names, pushed her against the closet and then cut himself with a knife in order to present the assault as self-defense, she told police.

Simeon, who was free on bail for a prior assault charge against another woman, was arrested after Sunday's incident.

His attorney, Marc Vincelette, said that his client was packing his bags to leave the woman's home when an argument ensued and the woman cut him with a knife.

Simeon pleaded not guilty to the new assault charge in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday. Upon request by the District Attorney's Office, Judge Fredric Rutberg revoked Simeon's bail for the prior assault charge. He also issued a restraining order, preventing Simeon from contacting the woman.

He was remanded to Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction until a March 17 court date on last year's assault case, in which Simeon allegedly punched a woman over $20 he said she owed him.

Simeon has several prior convictions for assault and battery.

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