Bail revoked for Pittsfield teen accused of escalating attacks on women

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PITTSFIELD — A city teen whose alleged violent behavior is escalating, according to prosecutors, had his bail revoked on an open assault case Thursday.

Dasean T. Smith, 18, is demonstrating, "a pattern of attacking and assaulting young women," according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Veronica LaClair.

"He has no regard for his actions," LaClair said during Smith's dangerousness hearing in Central Berkshire District Court Thursday.

Smith's attorney, Jerrold F. Trahey said he's spoken to alleged victims and said they may choose not to testify and his client also has an alibi defense, but did not air specifics in court.

In arguing for his client's release, Trahey said Smith had family members with whom he could stay.

Smith now has two open assault cases, one from an alleged July 8 incident in which he's accused of brandishing a knife at two women and threatening to slit the throat of one of them.

The women confronted Smith after they allegedly heard another woman complaining of pain and telling Smith to stop hurting her.

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

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

More recently, Smith was arrested on charges of assault and battery and strangulation.

In that case, Smith allegedly ran up behind a woman and, unprovoked, wrapped his arm around her neck and squeezed, cutting off her breathing.

Judge William Rota decided the allegations against Smith did not rise to the level of his being considered dangerous, but did revoke his bail from the earlier case and ordered him held without the right to bail for 60 days.

Once Smith is eventually released, he must stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victims.

He is due back in court on Oct. 13 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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