$50K bail set for suspect in weekend stabbing in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD — A $50,000 bail was set for the suspect in last weekend's stabbing on Linden Street, which left the victim "very close to death," according to police.

Selvin Orlando Gonzalez-Castillo, 22, had a not guilty plea entered in Central Berkshire District Court Thursday afternoon on a charge of armed assault to murder.

"He was intending to kill this individual," said Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Megan Tesoniero.

City police arrested Castillo on a warrant Wednesday night without incident.

Judge William Rota also revoked Castillo's bail on an open assault and battery case set for trial in May.

Tesoniero had asked Rota to consider a $100,000 bail in addition to the revocation, amid concerns of the serious nature of his new charges, potentially being a flight risk with limited ties to the area and his alleged violent behavior, which she said was, "quickly escalating."

She said the victim required 14 units of blood and several surgeries as a result of his wounds.

Tesoniero also said Castillo gave false information about his identity to investigators, has used up to five different aliases and three different dates of birth.

Castillo's attorney, Glenn W. Keiderling, asked Rota to consider releasing his client on his own recognizance, claiming he's lived in the city with family for at least two years and questioned the identification used to secure the arrest warrant.

About 7:24 p.m., April 23, police were dispatched to 108 Linden St. for a report of a stabbing victim lying on the sidewalk.

Police said that when they arrived, a bystander was performing CPR, and the victim had received a stab wound to the abdomen and at least one more to the forearm.

Tesoniero described the abdominal wound as life-threatening with internal bleeding.

Police said the victim "coded" twice during treatment.

Berkshire Medical Center did not have information on the victim's status Thursday evening.

One witness present at the scene told police they could identify the person who stabbed the victim if presented with a photo.

A second person contacted police on April 24 and said they knew Castillo stabbed the victim, and said they were across the street when it happened.

A witness was contacted by police on April 25 and presented with a photo array, containing a picture of Castillo and seven other men.

That witness immediately identified the photo of Castillo as the person who committed the assault.

"I'm 100 percent positive that's him," the witness told police.

Police believe the attack was "sustained and purposeful," and "intended to inflict mortal injury," based on the multiple stab wounds and their severity.

Castillo is due back in court on May 25 for a pretrial hearing.

Pittsfield Police ask anyone with further information about the case to contact Detective Thomas Harrington at 413-448-9705.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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