Man held after threat to child in Great Barrington


PITTSFIELD -- A Great Barrington man who allegedly threatened to cut up a stranger’s child and tried to hold off police with a water gun is being held without bail.

Just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, Brian Meehan, 32, approached a woman and her young son in the area of Bridge and East streets and told her he was going to cut the boy up, according to Great Barrington Police. The woman called police.

Police found Meehan standing on his front porch on Bridge Street yelling at passersby and at nearby construction workers. When told he was under arrest, he ran inside and told police he had a gun

Meehan was located in a second-floor bedroom with a large toy water gun. When Meehan did not comply with police orders, he was tased twice, according to a police report.

Back at the police station, he intentionally smeared blood from a cut on his finger on the walls and cameras in the cell, police said.

On Wednesday, he was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on single counts of felony vandalizing property and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, threat to commit a crime, and resisting arrest.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Kelly M. Kemp told the court Meehan had mental health issues and was a danger to the community. She asked that Meehan’s bail on an earlier case be revoked.

In March, Meehan allegedly attacked patrons of the Gypsy Joynt in Great Barrington and damaged property there. After being taken into custody, he smashed his head through the plastic barrier in a police cruiser and spit blood on a police officer, according to Kemp.

In that case, he is facing four felonies and two misdemeanors.

On Wednesday, Attorney Kenneth G. Warren Jr., representing Meehan on bail issues, told the court he was not ready to go forward with a bail hearing because Meehan was unwilling to talk with him and a privately retained lawyer, who was unavailable Wednesday, would be handling the case.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel went forward with the hearing and ordered Meehan held on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail and revoked his bail in the earlier case. The judge said the parties would be allowed to reargue bail issues when the case is in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday.

During the arraignment, Meehan loudly proclaimed his innocence.

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