PITTSFIELD -- An 18-year-old Pittsfield man who was allegedly involved in an armed robbery during a drug deal gone bad had his bail revoked and is being held for 60 days.

A stranger overheard a phone conversation involving the alleged victim of an armed robbery late Wednesday night and called police. That led to the arrest of Marcel H. Teixeira-Ingram Jr., 18, and a 17-year-old male, also of Pittsfield, according to police.

Pittsfield Police say an 18-year-old acquaintance of Teixeira-Ingram and the juvenile called Teixeira-Ingram to set up a marijuana deal. The two teens picked him up in a Jeep on Wednesday night at about 9 p.m., allegedly to drive to the spot where they would pick up a quarter pound of marijuana.

After the 18-year-old acquaintance handed Teixeira-Ingram $950 in cash, the juvenile pulled out a small black handgun, pointed it at the man, and told him to get out of the vehicle.

"This never happened," the two defendants allegedly warned the man.

The man jumped out of the Jeep in the area of Pomeroy Avenue and Taconic Street and called his girlfriend to tell her he had been robbed. A bystander overheard the man's conversation and called police.

The 18-year-old told police he was worried that the defendants or their friends might come after him if he told police what happened and that he feared for his life.

Both defendants were arrested Thursday morning.


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Teixeira-Ingram appeared in Central Berkshire District Court and pleaded not guilty to a single count of felony armed robbery.

Teixeira-Ingram's attorney, Marc C. Vincelette Sr., argued that his client wasn't aware that the juvenile was planning on pulling a gun. Teixeira-Ingram told the juvenile to put the gun away because the alleged victim was scared, Vincelette said. Teixeira-Ingram even helped the man escape the vehicle being so nervous he couldn't find the the door handle.

On Friday, Judge Paul M. Vrabel revoked Teixeira-Ingram's bail on a June assault and battery case and set bail on the new charge at $1,000 cash or $10,000 surety bail.

The assault and battery case stems from a June incident in which Teixeira-Ingram allegedly attacked his older brother when he tried to stop an altercation between his younger brother and Teixeira-Ingram's girlfriend. It's scheduled for trial in October.

Teixeira-Ingram is due back in court for the armed robbery charge on Sept. 19, but it's likely the case will go to the grand jury.

No information was publicly available concerning the juvenile defendant.

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