Grand jury indicts Pittsfield man in alleged assault, beating of woman

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PITTSFIELD — A city man charged with sexually assaulting, beating and choking a woman in April has been indicted by a Berkshire County grand jury.

Albert F. Kolodziej, 21, was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday on a dozen counts connected to the alleged assault.

Judge John Agostini ordered Kolodziej held on the same $25,000 bail set at his District Court arraignment on April 4.

Kolodziej allegedly met the victim for drinks on April 3 and an argument began in the vehicle afterward, which then turned physical.

Details in the case are sparse, due to the police report having been sealed, but some of the accusations were aired during the argument for bail.

Kolodziej allegedly pulled into a parking lot, grabbed the woman and forced her into performing a sex act upon him, then forced her out of the car and into the back seat, where he allegedly assaulted her again.

According to prosecutors, the woman was unable to open the doors of the vehicle from the inside due to the child safety locks being engaged.

Kolodziej also allegedly hit the 25-year-old woman and struck her head against the center console of the car.

At some point, Kolodziej allegedly told the woman, "Now, I'm going to show you the monster I really am."

Later, while driving, Kolodziej struck a tree, injuring himself and the alleged victim, before leaving the scene of the crash on foot. He returned a short time later, police said.

Kolodziej pleaded not guilty to two counts each of rape, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and strangulation and one count each of attempt to commit murder, intimidation of a witness, assault and battery, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Kolodziej is due back in court on Nov. 9 for a pretrial hearing.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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