No bail for Pittsfield teen who allegedly robbed taxi robber


PITTSFIELD -- A teen who police say robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint in February continues to be held without bail.

On Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court, Judge Daniel A. Ford ordered Damarcus Swazy, 18, of Second Street, held without bail as a dangerous person until May 28.

Early in the morning on Feb. 16, Swazy, his face covered to obscure his identity, put a pellet gun to the head of a taxi driver and robbed him about $250, according to police and prosecutors. The alleged robbery happened on Hamlin Street after the 53-year-old man picked up Swazy and another person on Second Street.

Police said they followed footprints in the snow and with the help of a K-9 unit tracked the defendant to his home where he was arrested and confessed to the crime.

A black plastic pellet gun allegedly used in the robbery was recovered. The driver believed it was real and thought he would be killed if he didn't hand over the money, said police.

Swazy has been held without bail since his arrest and was determined in March to be a dangerous person at a hearing in Central Berkshire District Court. On April 1, he was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court after being indicted on charges of felony armed and masked robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Tuesday, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano told the court that Swazy, through his attorney Joshua C. Hochberg, agreed to continue to be held as a dangerous person until a bail hearing scheduled for May 28.

Swazy sat quietly through the short hearing. He was wearing white jail-issued clothing indicating he is being held in segregation.

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