Lee man arrested in connection with assault, kidnapping incident
LEE — A town man is facing charges in connection with an incident Tuesday night in which he and others allegedly assaulted and robbed two people, kidnapping one and firing a shot at the other.
Jay P. Strezynski, 25, of Stringer Avenue, and several other "co-conspirators" were involved in the incident, which unfolded on the outskirts of town on Tuesday and stretched into Pittsfield, according to a police report. None of the other suspects were identified.
Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lee police officers responded to a home on Woodland Road near October Mountain State Forest, where a person reported they had been shot at, according to Lee Police Chief Jeffrey Roosa.
The person seeking help at the residence said they and a second victim had been assaulted and robbed by Strezynski and others, and a handgun was fired during the attack.
Officers determined one shot had been fired from a handgun, but Roosa wouldn't say if a weapon has been recovered.
The first victim told police the group then forcibly abducted the second victim, put that person into the first victim's car and drove off.
During the initial investigation Tuesday night, an alert was issued to area police to look for a red 2006 Toyota Corolla, registered to a Pittsfield address, reportedly involved in a car theft.
The abducted victim was found several hours later in Pittsfield, and told police they continued to be beaten by the group during the trip before being dropped off.
The group then allegedly threatened the lives of the second victim and their family if authorities were contacted. The second victim also told police a weapon was fired during the initial attack.
Both victims required medical treatment, police said.
Strezynski was arrested early Wednesday morning.
He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to multiple charges in the charges of armed robbery (two counts), assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, intimidation of a witness and larceny of a motor vehicle.
He was ordered held on $10,000 bail by Judge William Rota pending a further hearing Thursday morning in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington.
Strezynski's attorney, Lori Levinson, argued for a bail of $5,000, noting that, in the police report, her client was never identified as the person who allegedly fired a weapon, nor was he specifically named as someone who committed either of the alleged assaults.
Levinson insisted that $5,000 was more than enough to ensure her client would appear for court "in a suit and tie."
Rota said Strezynski would be in court when the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction brought him there before imposing the $10,000 bail.
The Lee Police Department continues to investigate the case with assistance from the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force that includes the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office and the state police.
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