Already facing assault charges, Pittsfield man allegedly choked woman


PITTSFIELD >> A city man already facing charges for allegedly assaulting and threatening women is being held after he allegedly choked a woman and threw her to the ground.

Dasean T. Smith, 18, allegedly ran up behind a woman on Robbins Avenue about 6:14 p.m., wrapped his arm around her neck and squeezed, cutting off her breathing before throwing her down and fleeing.

A witness said the woman's face was "beet red" while Smith had his arm around her neck.

The new allegation may violate the terms of Smith's release on a separate assault case.

In that case, Smith allegedly threatened two women with a knife on July 8 after they heard another woman complaining of pain and telling Smith to stop hurting her.

When they confronted him, Smith allegedly asked them if they "wanted him to handle this now?" and grabbed what was described as a long kitchen knife, brandished at one of the women and threatened to slit her throat if she didn't mind her own business.

The other woman said Smith held the knife close to her throat and said, "Keep talking ... and I'll kill you."

When one of the women told Smith they would call police, he allegedly went outside and walked back and forth in front of the house brandishing the knife before eventually leaving on a bicycle.

He was charged in that case with two counts each of assault with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime.

Smith pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to charges of assault and battery and strangulation.

Judge William Rota ordered him held pending a Sept. 8 hearing, at which bail revocation and dangerousness will be addressed.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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