Battery, sock attack alleged

Wednesday October 12, 2011

PITTSFIELD -- A city man has been charged with assault and battery for allegedly assaulting someone with a sock full of batteries.

Matthew Bigelow, 33, in Central Berkshire District Court Tuesday, pleaded not guilty to one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

He was released on personal recognizance.

Bigelow, of Springside Avenue, allegedly assaulted Derek M. Laroche, 24, with two D batteries in a sock around 7 p.m. Saturday on Second Street, according to the Pittsfield Police. The incident apparently happened after the men had an argument earlier in the day.

Bigelow told police Laroche attacked him.

Two witnesses claimed Bigelow was the attacker and hit Laroche with a "homey sock," according to a police report. The term apparently comes from a comedy sketch from the 1990s television show "In Living Color," in which a character called Homey D. Clown often hit people in the head with a sock filled with tennis balls.

Tuesday, Judge Fredric D. Rutberg released Bigelow with the condition he refrain from abusing the victim. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for November.

Bigelow is being represented by attorney Jill Sheldon.


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