North Adams man accused of punching passerby, threatening pizza store manager

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NORTH ADAMS — A city man is being held on $5,000 bail for allegedly punching a random passerby and threatening a pizza shop employee over the weekend.

Cameron Morris, 18, of Arnold Place, and Brandon Smith, 20, of Mohawk Forest Boulevard, were walking on Church Street on Saturday when Morris said "what's up?" to a passerby and hitting him in the face, the victim told police.

The man, who said he did not know Morris, was transported to the hospital. He later identified Morris in a photo array.

Later that night, the two men got into an argument with employees outside of Domino's Pizza on River Street, according to a probable cause report written by North Adams Police Officer David Lemieux.

When the store's manager told them to leave, Morris allegedly threatened to assault her and raised his arms in a fighting stance before other employees stepped between them, the report said. Smith allegedly convinced Morris, who was already on parole at the time of the incident, to leave the area and employees called the police.

Morris then tried to jump a picket fence in an attempt to evade officers, who had caught up with him after the assault, but he couldn't make it over, according to police. Smith was able to scale the fence on Prospect Street, but officers later found him hiding under a deck on Cliff Street.

He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to charges of assault, assault and battery, wanton destruction of property under $250, and disturbing the peace. He was held on $5,000 cash bail without prejudice and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4 for a pretrial hearing.

Smith pleaded not guilty to charges of wanton destruction of property under $250 and disturbing the peace. He was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 7 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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