Dog-attack victim charged with breaking into Pittsfield home

Saturday November 10, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 45-year-old Pittsfield man, who made the news last month when he was attacked by dogs in Dalton, is being held in jail on $500 bail on allegations that he broke into a city home and refused to leave.

Sean Latura, 45, of Onota Street, pleaded not guilty on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court to breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, possession of a class B substance, and disturbing the peace as a subsequent offense.

A Pittsfield Police report states that a 51-year-old man went to investigate noise at his front door Thursday afternoon and opened a door leading to his kitchen to find Latura standing there.

The man yelled at Latura to leave, but he refused, according to the police report. Latura then went tumbling down a set of stairs leading to the basement. As he attempted to come back up the stairs, he again refused to leave, telling the homeowner he was "waiting for someone."

Latura eventually fled the residence and was discovered stumbling down the middle of Barker Road, a few hundred yards from the home, according to police. Latura appeared to be under the influence of opiates and was found with the drug suboxone on him, according to the report.

On Friday, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office asked for $2,000 cash bail in the case, citing Latura's six-page record going back to 1985 that includes a history of break-ins. He has a 2009 breaking and entering conviction for which he was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Latura's lawyer, Jill Sheldon, said her client always shows up to court when ordered.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg set bail at $500 cash or bond. Latura is scheduled to be back in court Dec. 4.

Last month, Latura was the victim of a dog attack that may have been precipitated by a break-in of the dog owner's Dalton home, ac cording to police.

Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey E. Coe said Latura is a "person of interest" in the open investigation into the incident. The chief said they are waiting on crime lab results from possible physical evidence recovered at the scene. Statements from witnesses and from Latura have all been completed, he said.

No criminal charges have been filed in the case as of Friday.

According to police, Latura was attacked by two dogs, one described as a mutt, the other as a pit bull-type dog, that got out from an apartment on Gertrude Street in Dalton the afternoon of Oct. 11. One of the dogs was shot and killed by police, while the second was taken to a local shelter for state-mandated observation and later returned to the owner. It is now required to wear a muzzle when outside.

Latura suffered bites to the eye and face as well as to his arm and leg.

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