Bail revoked for Pittsfield man in false gun threat, assault case

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PITTSFIELD >> A city man is being held without bail for 60 days after allegedly making a false claim about a gun threat, blocking traffic and kicking and spitting on police officers during his arrest.

Brett Riddle, 49, has had his bail revoked on two open cases in which he's alleged to have blocked a city Fire Department vehicle on its way to a call, kicked a police officer and threatened to kill a police dog in November 2015 and slapped a woman's buttocks in December 2015.

Officers dispatched to Memorial Drive for a report of a disturbance Thursday evening were told that Riddle said someone had pulled a gun on him during an argument, according to a police report authored by Pittsfield Patrol Officer Brandon M. Gallagher.

Riddle allegedly first told police a man wearing red had threatened him with a gun then told a different officer someone else had done it.

According to police, Riddle then said no one had pointed a weapon at him, but he saw one tucked into the waistband of one of the men.

Witnesses said there were no weapons shown and neither of the men identified by Riddle were carrying guns, according to police.

Police offered Riddle the opportunity to leave the area, which he eventually did.

Later, police on patrol in the North Street area saw Riddle crossing in front of traffic and blocked it while raising his middle finger.

Police placed Riddle under arrest for disorderly conduct and while he was in the cruiser, he allegedly insulted the officer and threatened him with a lawsuit and told him he wanted to meet him in a park to fight.

Riddle allegedly asked Gallagher whether he would be charged with a crime if he fought with him.

While being taken into the booking area, Riddle allegedly "mule-kicked" one officer and was taken to the ground and pepper-sprayed.

Riddle's threats allegedly continued and he was placed in a restraint chair where he allegedly spit on officers, attempted to bite one, told them he'd kill them and "have their jobs," and allegedly hurled racial epithets at two other suspects in custody at the station.

Attorney Marc Vincelette, representing Riddle during his arraignment for the purposes of arguing bail, said Riddle adamantly denied the charges against him and accused the officers of "roughing him up."

Riddle pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday on two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and one count each of disorderly conduct (subsequent offense) and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot).

Judge William Rota remanded him to the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction. He is due back in court on May 11 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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