PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man who told police he gave two homeless men a television to sell for him was accused of assaulting one of them after he believed they had stolen the television.

Brian Underhill, 24, of Wellington Avenue, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly assaulting one of the men, and another who tried to help him after he was beaten, according to Pittsfield Police.

Underhill told police he gave the television set, with an estimated value of $800, to his cousin and another person to sell with the stipulation that they would get $40 if they sold it, according to a police report.

When he saw one of the men later on Robbins Avenue, he asked him where the television was. The man said that Underhill's cousin took it. Underhill allegedly told police that he then beat up the man. The victim told police he was punched and kicked in the head and face by Underhill. When the victim's friend tried to pick him up from the ground, Underhill allegedly knocked that man to the ground.

A woman told police she saw Underhill's cousin, Todd Leclair, running with the television behind some houses. A warrant has been put out for his arrest.

Underhill pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday before Judge Fredric Rutberg and released on his own personal recognizance pending a future court date.

To reach Nathan Mayberg:
nmayberg@berkshireeagle.



com
or (413) 496-6243