PITTSFIELD -- A city man is facing felony assault charges for allegedly hitting his girlfriend in the face with a cookie sheet.

Jonathan P. Baehr, 42, of Dexter Street, was arrested just before 7 a.m. Sunday after making a well-being check at the home he shares with his girlfriend. Pittsfield Police said they were called by a friend of the woman who had received a text with a photograph showing a black-eye she had been given by Baehr.

Police said they found a cookie sheet on the kitchen floor that the defendant had used as a weapon during an argument between the two the night before.

Baehr was found hiding in the home's basement.

The woman, 37, said she didn't want Baehr to get in any trouble or get arrested.

Baehr pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was released on personal recognizance by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg.

He is due back in court on July 21.

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