Lanesborough man accused of abusing girlfriend over 3 days is denied bail


PITTSFIELD -- A Lanesborough man police said abused his teenage girlfriend over three days is being held without bail after pleading not guilty on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court to 18 charges, including kidnapping.

Frank M. DiLorenzo III, 20, of Meadow Lane, who was arrested on Jan. 18, will be held until Friday, when a judge will determine whether he is a dangerous person. If found to be a danger he can be held for up to 90 days without bail.

According to a Lanesborough Police report, DiLorenzo abused a 19-year-old woman from Wednesday to Friday, punched, kicked and choked her, pushed her head into a toilet, bit her, beat her with a metal pole and head butted her in the face. Police said he also threatened to kill her and attack her with various items, including a hammer.

He allegedly kept her from seeking medical attention and kept her from going to work.

The abuse only stopped, according to police, after the woman was able to secretly text her mother telling her to "call the cops" and Lanesborough Police showed up at DiLorenzo's home. The woman told police DiLorenzo had smashed her cell phone and she surreptitiously texted her mother while he was in the other room.

Her injuries included a bump and bruise on her nose as well as bite marks, broken blood vessels in her eyes (police believe this was due to being strangled) and bruises on her legs and arms.

On Tuesday the woman was given a restraining order against DiLorenzo for a year.

DiLorenzo pleaded not guilty to six counts of assault and battery, five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and larceny from a person and single counts of kidnapping, threat to commit murder and destruction of property worth more than $250.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Dana Parsons asked the court to postpone a dangerousness hearing until Friday to allow her time to get her witnesses ready and to look over a previous case involving the defendant.

Judge Charles W. Groce III allowed the postponement over the objection of DiLorenzo's attorney, Joseph P. Colonna.


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