City man held without bail in alleged beating


PITTSFIELD -- A 26-year-old man is being held without bail in connection to a beating that took place Saturday evening in a city apartment, leaving the victim with a broken nose and wrist.

On Monday in Central Berkshire District Court, James L. Cromartie, 26, of Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty to three felonies and two misdemeanors.

He was ordered held by Judge Paul M. Vrabel until Friday, when a dangerousness hearing will take place. If determined to be a dangerous person, Cromartie can be held without bail for up to 90 days.

According to a Pittsfield Police report, when a 27-year-old woman answered her apartment door on Westminster Street Saturday just before 7 p.m., Cromartie displayed a Ruger 9mm pistol, threw her against a wall, put his hand to her mouth to quiet her and then attacked her 23-year-old boyfriend.

Police say he kicked, punched and threw the man, hit him with a coffee table and stomped on his head. The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to the hospital with a broken nose and wrist, a concussion, cuts, bumps and bruises, according to the report.

No reason for the attack was given in the report, but it did indicate the couple knew Cromartie.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office said the defendant has a long criminal record that includes assaultive behavior.

Cromartie denied two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery and a single charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. He is being represented by attorney Robert D. Sullivan Jr.


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