No bail for man accused of HIV threat during robbery

Tuesday May 1, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 19-year-old Melrose man accused of using a purportedly infected needle to rob a woman was jailed without bail after his arraignment on Monday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Jason L. Campbell pleaded not guilty to single counts of home invasion and armed robbery for allegedly entering a Dalton home on April 14 and robbing a 26-year-old woman of $100 while he held a hypodermic needle filled with HIV-infected blood.

Campbell’s attorney, Joshua C. Hochberg, said his client denies the charges.

According to a police report, Campbell walked into 137 High St. just before 3 p.m. on April 14, with John Decker, 19, of Johnson Place in Dalton. Jennifer L. Dubis, 26, was inside.

Decker told authorities he was there to drop off a tool he had borrowed. He told Dubis that he had just met Campbell outside, according to the police report.

Dubis told police she turned away briefly and then heard what sounded like tape being ripped. Campbell allegedly then forced tape over Dubis’ mouth. She ripped the tape off her mouth and began screaming. Campbell, holding the needle, then forced her to the ground by shoving his knee into her back, the report indicated.

Decker told Dubis that Camp bell’s needle was filled with HIV-infected blood and that she should not fight back, according to the police report.

It was later determined that Decker and Campbell are friends.

As of Monday, there are no court records indicating that any charges have been brought against Decker.

Ten days after the alleged crime, Dubis reported it to the Dalton Police. It was not clear why she waited more than a week to report the incident.

Campbell was arrested on the warrant on Friday in Freetown and returned to the Berkshires for Monday’s arraignment before Judge Paul Vrabel.

In a somewhat unusual move, Vrabel ordered a bail revocation hearing. The District Attorney’s Office usually files these types of requests.

Campbell has two other pending cases. He is facing armed robbery while masked charges in Fall River District Court and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in East Brookfield District Court.

Vrabel found probable cause to revoke Campbell’s bail. The defendant can be held for 60 days and after that time must pay $7,500 cash or $75,000 surety bail in order to be released pending the outcome of the case.

A hearing has been scheduled for May 25.


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