Assault case against city man dismissed when alleged victims don't show up in court


PITTSFIELD -- Charges against a 26-year-old city man who had been accused of threatening a woman with a gun and attacking her boyfriend were dismissed when the couple failed to show for the trial.

James L. Cromartie, 26, of Dalton Avenue, was released from custody Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office told the court they couldn't prosecute the case because the alleged victims didn't show up to testify.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel dismissed the case at the request of Cromartie's attorney, Robert D. Sullivan Jr.

Cromartie was facing two counts of felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a single charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, and two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery. He had been held on bail since his arrest following the alleged March 16 attack on Westminster Street.

According to a police report, when a 27-year-old woman answered her apartment door just before 7 p.m., Cromartie displayed a Ruger 9 mm pistol, threw her against a wall, and then beat up her 23-year-old boyfriend. The man suffered a broken wrist and nose, a concussion and other injuries, police said.

The couple knows Cromartie, according to police. No reason for the alleged attack was given.

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