PITTSFIELD -- An Adams man is being held without bail after he was arrested in connection with an armed home invasion early Friday -- which police believe is related to a drug bust a day earlier.
Nathan D. McGuire, 23, of Columbia Street, pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to single counts of operating under the influence of liquor, home invasion, assault in a dwelling with an armed firearm, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
According to Adams Police, officers were dispatched to a First Street residence at 3:23 a.m. Friday after receiving a report that two armed males had entered the dwelling.
Police later encountered a Cadillac on Randall Street that matched the description of the vehicle the intruders were riding in. They pulled the vehicle over in a supermarket parking lot, and arrested McGuire, the driver, because he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and appeared unsteady on his feet.
Officers recovered two firearms inside the Cadillac -- a Thompson Center muzzleloader rifle, which could not be fired, and an unloaded black powder style pistol.
McGuire told the officers he was angry that an acquaintance, identified in court documents as Shaun Tassone, had forfeited three pounds of marijuana, worth about $15,000, in a drug raid by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force early Thursday.
McGuire told police that he had gone to Tassone's apartment to retrieve the firearms that he had left there.
Tassone declined to speak to a state trooper who was sent to his residence.
McGuire was uncooperative while being booked at the police station, and refused a breathalyzer test.
A witness told police that she had seen the men banging on the victim's door with a black object that appeared to be a pipe. The witness said she began yelling at McGuire after he had entered the victim's at his First Street apartment. According to police, McGuire was in the kitchen of the victim's residence when he showed her the handgun "in a threatening manner."
"I thought he was going to shoot me," she said.
District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg granted a prosecutor's request and ordered McGuire held without the right to bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Monday.
Assistant District Attorney Michael D'Angelo told the court the commonwealth wanted to speak with the victim and a witness before proceeding.
Attorney Leonard H. Cohen of Pittsfield, who represents McGuire, had asked the court to release the defendant on personal recognizance until it was determined when the hearing would take place.
"He has no psychiatric disorder or criminal record," Cohen said.
If the court finds that McGuire is a danger to the community, he can be held for 90 days without the right to bail.
Cohen said McGuire is a graduate of McCann Technical School who attended commercial driving school in the state of Florida, and has been steadily employed at a number of jobs since returning to the Berkshires two years ago. McGuire also won the state lottery a few years ago and is receiving $500 a week for the rest of his life, Cohen said.
Tassone is facing drug charges as well as possession of ammunition without a Firearms Identification Card, according to Adams Police Detective Lawrence Ordyna. He is expected to be arraigned next week.
The passenger in McGuire's car initially was detained by police, but later was released. He was not charged.
Eagle staff writer Adam Shanks contributed to this report.
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