No bail for Pittsfield man who allegedly contacted woman he's accused of assaulting

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PITTSFIELD — A city man is being held without bail after he allegedly violated a court order, less than 36 hours after it was issued, by trying to contact a woman he is accused of assaulting and choking.

Mark A. Flanagan, 38, arrived at the woman's home about 9:55 p.m. Wednesday in violation of a restraining order requiring him to have no contact with her, remain at least 25 yards away at all times and to remain away from her address, according to court documents.

He allegedly knocked at the door and announced his presence.

The woman told police she saw Flanagan at her door, but remained inside with the lights off until he went away.

Flanagan was served a copy of the order at 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.

After speaking with the woman, police located Flanagan and placed him under arrest without incident.

Flanagan denied going to the woman's home, telling police he was on First Street between 5 and 9:30 p.m. and rode his bicycle straight to his Cole Avenue home after that, arriving there between 10 and 10:15 p.m.

Police noted in their report that Flanagan could have used a route between those points that would have gotten him to the woman's home about the time she described.

Flanagan was served the restraining order after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges of assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability and strangulation.

In that case, Flanagan allegedly forced himself on the woman after she refused to have sex with him.

He was released on $500 bail on those charges. His bail was revoked for up to 90 days amid the new allegations.

Flanagan is due back in court on Feb. 9 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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