PITTSFIELD -- A Dalton man police say robbed a 73-year-old couple in broad daylight remains in jail on high bail following his arraignment in Superior Court.

The Pittsfield Police allege that just before noon on March 12, Shane Hamilton, wearing sunglasses, a cap pulled low and the hood of his sweatshirt over his head in an attempt to obscure his identity, jumped into the back seat of the couple’s car located in the parking lot of the Price Chopper grocery store in Pittsfield. He put a knife to the woman’s throat and demanded money and credit cards and made off with between $70 and $100 in cash.

The husband was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle Hamilton fled in, and police took him into custody at his residence about 30 minutes later, said police.

Hamilton allegedly admitted he was a heroin addict and that he committed the crime.

He was originally charged with felony armed robbery while masked and armed breaking and entering into a vehicle in the daytime, putting someone in fear, but two charges have since been added -- armed assault to murder on a person over 60, and assault with a dangerous weapon.

The new charges came from grand jury proceedings, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

On Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court, Hamilton appeared with his attorney, Jill Sheldon, and denied the charges.

He continues to be held by agreement on $75,000 cash or $750,000 surety bail.

Hamilton is scheduled to be back in court for a pretrial hearing on Aug. 11.

The case is being prosecuted by First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello.

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