Dalton teen accused of beating brother with a pipe


DALTON -- A teenager is facing assault and weapons charges after he allegedly attacked his younger brother during an argument over video games, Dalton police said.

The 17-year-old alleged assailant, whom police declined to identify, apparently struck his 14-year-old brother in the head and arm with a 3- to 4-foot metal pipe around noon Saturday in the family's home, according to police.

The victim's mother brought the younger teen to Berkshire Medical Center, where hospital officials notified Pittsfield police about the nature of the boy's injuries. Around 3:40 p.m., city police contacted Dalton police, who arrived at BMC to question the victim. As he was being treated for his injuries -- he was later released -- the boy identified the his brother as his attacker.

About 40 minutes later, Dalton officers went to the family home to apprehend the older brother, who fled out the back door. An immediate search of the area turned up no trace of the suspect, police said.

He returned to the house about 8 p.m., at which time his family contacted Dalton police. The local authorities, accompanied by several state police officers, surrounded the house and eventually captured the teenager, who was hiding in some bushes.

The pipe used in the assault has not been recovered.

The suspect was charged with one count each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation of the victim and carrying a dangerous weapon. He had a spring-loaded knife when arrested, a weapon illegal in Massachusetts, police said.

He was released on $1,000 bail, pending his arraignment today in Central Berkshire District Court.

The victim received an emergency restraining order against his brother, who is staying with a friend, police said.

The boy, lives with his mother, father and two other brothers, ages 9 and 24.

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