Lee man becomes sixth to faces charges in alleged kidnapping, torture


PITTSFIELD >> A Lee man has been indicted on multiple charges in connection with the alleged torture and beating of a man who was accused of stealing marijuana.

Curtis Segura, 23, is the sixth person charged in connection with the allegations and the third to be indicted by a Berkshire County grand jury.

He is accused of taking part in a plot to ambush two men, one of whom was kidnapped and beaten in the basement of a Pittsfield home on Jan. 26.

Affidavits in the case, obtained by The Eagle, detail the efforts by one of the victims to steal marijuana during a complex drop off and delivery arrangement and then make money selling the stolen drugs.

A scheme was then allegedly hatched to lure the two victims to a remote location under the guise of a pot deal with plans to grab them and get them to reveal the whereabouts of the missing drugs.

The men were allegedly ambushed at the three corners area in Lee. A weapon was apparently fired during the struggle, though no one was hit.

One man managed to get away, the other was taken to a basement in Pittsfield and allegedly beaten with bats and pieces of concrete and threatened with firearms until he divulged the location where the stolen pot was being kept.

Both victims required medical treatment after the attacks.

Following Segura's arraignment on Tuesday, his attorney, Susan E. Hamilton, of Springfield, said she'd only just received information in the case and couldn't comment on the specific allegations against her client or what role he's alleged to have played.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Jeffrey Clarke was standing in at Segura's arraignment and also was unable to comment on the specifics of the allegations.

Emanuel A. Diaz, 23 and Matthew Rivera, 22, both of Lee, were arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on similar charges in connection with the same incident on March 29 and April 6, respectively.

Jay Strezynski, 25 and Dashaan Golden, 22, both of Lee and Kamara Pellot, 24, of Pittsfield all have been arraigned in district court on charges connected to the incident, but have yet to be indicted by a grand jury.

During a February hearing in the case, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Andrew Giarolo said the cases were "almost guaranteed," to be submitted to a grand jury for consideration to be moved into Berkshire Superior Court.

Segura pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to two counts each of armed assault with intent to rob, assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon and one count each of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and intimidation of a witness.

He was released on his own recognizance by Judge Daniel Ford on the condition he have no contact with the alleged victims. He is due back in court on Sept. 27 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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