Dalton man nabbed after alleged break-in at Pittsfield home

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PITTSFIELD — A Dalton man already facing assault charges was arrested Saturday after leading police on a foot chase near the scene of a reported burglary in progress.

Frankie E. Underhill, 24, allegedly broke into a home on Ensign Avenue in Pittsfield about 8:20 a.m. by smashing a window to the enclosed porch, cutting his hand in the process, according to police.

Officers responding to a report of a break in discovered an open window on the home's east side with fresh blood on the sill, indicating the suspect may have fled out that window.

Underhill is believed to have hidden briefly in the entrance to a basement on Benedict Road before running back toward Ensign Avenue through backyards, police said. He was intercepted by police on Stanley Avenue and was placed in handcuffs after "a brief struggle."

There was initial suspicion Underhill may have been armed after police found a gun safe in the Ensign Avenue home with its door ajar.

He allegedly was carrying only an empty nylon wallet, a pair of binoculars and a bottle of lorazepam tablets prescribed to a resident of the Ensign Avenue home.

Underhill pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of felony breaking and entering in the daytime, misdemeanor breaking and entering, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and larceny of a drug.

He also has three open cases of assault and battery from Feb. 22 and March 1 and 15. His bail on those cases was revoked for 60 days by Judge William Rota.

Underhill is due back in court on April 7 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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