North Adams man accused of assault, breaking and entering


By Adam Shanks, Berkshire Eagle Staff

NORTH ADAMS -- A man accused of assaulting a woman on Brayton Hill Terrace is being held without bail.

Donald Baum Jr., 31, of Barbour Street, allegedly broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend, assaulted her, and then locked her out on Thursday night, according to court documents. Baum fled when police arrived and was tracked down by the department’s K-9 unit.

In Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday, Baum was arraigned on charges of assault and battery and breaking and entering a building in the nighttime for a felony. By agreement, the defendent will be held without bail due to his perceived level of dangerousness.

A 90-day review of his dangerousness will be held on April 16 if it is still unresolved.

Baum’s bail also was revoked on separate case involving a charge of violating an abuse prevention order against the same woman.

The woman stated that Baum told her he had just gotten out of jail and was suffering from withdrawal, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Kyle Cahoon. Baum later threatened the victim’s dog, the report state.

Officer Albert Zoito and K-9 Chuck is the scent of Baum’s hat to track him to a nearby apartment building.


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