21-year-old North Adams man sentenced for train track assault and separate B-and-E theft


NORTH ADAMS -- A 21-year-old city man has been sentenced to a total of nine months in jail for two separate crimes that took place just months apart.

Travis T. Perras, of West Main Street, was found guilty on Monday in Northern Berkshire District Court on all charges.

Last month, he stole two television sets from a Crossey Place home, fleeing the scene in a taxi cab. Perras was also sentenced for charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on an acquaintance related to an incident this spring.

In March, a man told police that Perras approached him while walking on the train tracks near Western Gateway Heritage State Park and inquired about where to purchase marijuana. The man said Perras assaulted him while they were both walking through the train tunnel by slamming his head repeatedly against the wall and holding a knife to his throat, leaving puncture wounds on his neck.

The man told police that Perras texted him the next day threatening him, according to a criminal complaint filed by the North Adams Police Department.

Then, on June 30, a woman who claimed to have known Perras since he was a child told police he broke into her home and stole two LCD TVs while she was at work, according to a criminal complaint filed by police.

The taxi driver told police that Perras said he was carrying the TVs because he had recently broken up with his girlfriend. When the ride was over, Perras left without paying the cab fare.

Police found Perras hidden inside a Greylock Avenue apartment after a lengthy search down multiple streets in the city's west end. He told police that he had traded four bags of heroin for the stolen TVs.

Perras admitted to sufficient facts for the March 24 crime, and was found guilty of intent to commit a crime, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and intimidating a witness.

For the June 30 crime, Perras admitted to sufficient facts and was found guilty on charges of breaking and entering a building during the daytime for a felony, receiving stolen property over $250, and attempting to evade taxi fare.

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