Escapee's charges pile on

Saturday August 4, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 33-year-old Pittsfield man’s brief escape from Berkshire Medical Center while under guard last week has resulted in three additional criminal charges against him.

One day after pleading not guilty to an escape charge, Jamie M. Spagnoulo was back in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to be arraigned on three larceny counts.

He pleaded not guilty to two counts of larceny under $250, and one count of larceny from a building.

The charges involve the hospital gown that Spagnuolo was wearing when he left the hospital as well as a gray hooded sweatshirt that he lifted from an acquaintance’s house while on the run from BMC the morning of July 25. Law enforcement authorities recaptured Spagnuolo on Lake and Fourth streets that day following an hour-long manhunt.

According to the police report, Spagnuolo ditched the hospital gown when he took the hooded sweatshirt, then took a cab from Linden Street to Third Street.

Bail was set at $1,000 cash on the new charges.

Spagnuolo was originally admitted to BMC for treatment July 23, when authorities say he fled police after crashing his car into a fire hydrant on East Street following a high-speed chase that caused him to run another vehicle off the road.

He escaped from BMC on July 25, when his shackles were removed for a medical procedure shortly before he was scheduled to be transported to court for arraignment on the accident counts.

Spagnuolo now faces 14 charges in connection with the accident, the escape and the larceny incidents. Different amounts of bail have been set on charges connected to all three of those occurrences.

A pretrial hearing on all of Spagnuolo’s charges will take place Aug. 21 in District Court.


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