NORTH ADAMS -- Two men allegedly broke into a Walnut Street home early Tuesday, assaulting and robbing a resident.

The resident, Richard Perkins III, told police that two men forced their way into his home looking for his friend. Robert Hull III, 22, of Chase Avenue, and a juvenile, who Perkins described to police as friends, allegedly dragged Perkins out of the apartment by his ankles, assaulted him, and stole his phone before he could run away.

The friend of Perkins the two were looking for has been seeing Hull's girlfriend, Perkins told police. He reported the incident shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

Hull pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to charges of felony breaking and entering in the daytime, assault and battery, and unarmed robbery.

Hull and the juvenile allegedly broke through Perkins' locked front door, according to the police report filed by North Adams Police Officer Kyle Cahoon. The two men assaulted Perkins and tried to punch him in the face but missed, he told police.


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