NORTH ADAMS -- A city man accused of assaulting his girlfriend in April had his charges dropped Friday, July 18 when she did not appear in court.
Richard Ladouceur, 25, of Dover Street, had charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, intimidating a witness, and threatening to commit a crime dismissed by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg for a failure to prosecute after the alleged victim did not appear. A charge of attempted murder had been dropped by the prosecution in May.
The charges stemmed from an April 19 incident. Ladouceur’s live-in girlfriend walked into the North Adams Police Station that morning, telling police that Ladouceur assaulted her and that he could be hurting himself. During the dispute, Ladouceur allegedly punched and broke a television and stabbed a wall with knives, in addition to assaulting the woman by both strangulation and punching her in the stomach.
Police officers from North Adams, Clarksburg, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Police all responded to in the incident and investigated the apartment.
Ladouceur had also allegedly threatened to kill the woman with a samurai sword, which was discovered by police in the Dover Street residence along with throwing knives, two folding knives, and a hatchet, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Toby Randall. Ladouceur was subsequently arrested.