$10,000 bail for Pittsfield man accused of rape, assault on family member

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PITTSFIELD >> A city man accused of raping, strangling and beating a woman was ordered held on $10,000 bail Friday following his arraignment on a half-dozen criminal charges.

Antoine T. Crichlow, 37, of Burbank Street, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and charges of suffocation, assault and battery on a family or household member, threatening to commit a crime and intimidation of a witness.

The police report attached to the case is sealed, but some details of the allegation were aired during Crichlow's bail argument in Central Berkshire District Court before judge William Rota.

The alleged victim told police Crichlow attacked her Thursday during an argument, struck her in the face and threatened her with more violence if she contacted the police before taking her phone.

The woman took refuge in a bathroom before Crichlow broke in, smothered her face with an open hand and sexually assaulted her and hit her with various objects including a football, basketball and water bottle, according to prosecutors.

In asking for bail, prosecutors cited Crichlow's prior record including a number of defaults on court appearances, four probation violations and convictions on assault and battery and drug charges and a number of restraining orders taken out against him.

Crichlow, who has denied the charges, is due back in court on Feb. 12 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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