Bicyclist beaten, stabbed, robbed, police say; one suspect held without bail

Tuesday May 8, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man, charged with stabbing and robbing a man early Monday on a city street, is being held without bail following his arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court.

Solomon Jones III, 19, pleaded not guilty to three assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a single count of assault and battery, and one count of armed robbery, and had his bail revoked on several pending cases. He denies he committed the crime.

Jones and another person, who has not been arrested, allegedly attacked a man who was riding his bicycle on a Pittsfield street just after midnight Monday.

The victim was kicked, hit in the head with a gun, and stabbed in the leg.

The man, whose identity wasn't immediately released, remains in the hospital as of early Monday afternoon with a stab wound and a broken elbow, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

Jones and the other person allegedly stole the man's wallet and cell phone and left him laying on the ground.

In court, Judge Fredric D. Rutberg revoked Jones' bail, which means he can be held for 60 days, after which time Jones must come up with $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail to be released.

Police say they found a knife at the scene of the crime and are having it tested for forensic evidence.

Jones' attorney, Joshua C. Hochberg, said he believes that whatever evidence is turned up from the knife will exonerate his client.

A hearing has been scheduled for June 5, but the case is likely to go to Superior Court.

Police are continuing to search for the second suspect.


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