North Adams man allegedly attacked uncle with hammer

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NORTH ADAMS — A city man has been ordered held without the right to bail for allegedly assaulting his uncle with a hammer.

Edward Burdick was arrested about 4 p.m. Thursday after he attacked the victim in a Beaver Street apartment, according to a probable cause report filed by North Adams Police Officer David Lemieux.

When police reached the scene, officers found the victim shirtless with scuff marks on his chest and collarbone, The man told police that he had been taking a nap, but awoke to his nephew stealing his cigarettes.

Burdick allegedly ran out the door, so the man decided to walk down the street to his nephew's house and confront him, according to the police report. Inside the apartment, Burdick allegedly yelled at the victim "I am going to kill you," picked up a hammer, and began striking the victim.

He chased his uncle back down the street, according to the report. Officers spoke with two witnesses who allegedly saw Burdick following and attempting to assault his uncle.

Burdick pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, and disorderly conduct.

Upon the defense's request, Burdick will be evaluated for competence to stand trial.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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