North Adams man charged with reckless endangerment, assaults


NORTH ADAMS — A 36-year-old man was arrested this week after he allegedly forced a 13-year-old boy to drink alcohol and flicked a cigarette at a 12-year-old.

A witness relayed those allegations to police, who responded shortly after midnight on Tuesday to a West Shaft Road apartment complex, who later arrested Edward Demers Jr.

The 12-year-old told officers that the fresh red mark on his face was caused by Demers, who was angry at him for "not handing him a cell phone," according to a probable cause report filed by North Adams Police Officer Ivan Cardeno.

Officers found the 13-year-old sleeping on a couch, and it took several attempts to wake him, according to the report. A breath test showed he had a 0.101 blood alcohol content.

Witnesses also alleged that Demers had broken into a nearby apartment, stealing approximately $700 in cash from a wallet, according to the report. The alleged victim told police he grabbed a baseball bat and walked over to confront Demers near his apartment, where an altercation occurred.

During the fight, the man suffered a superficial cut near his hip and told police that Demers assaulted him with a knife, according to the police report. No knife was located by police.

The man admitted to striking Demers in the head with the baseball bat, and Demers was later transported by North Adams Ambulance Service to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

Demers was held without bail Tuesday after pleading not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, providing liquor to a person under 21, unarmed burglary, and three counts of reckless endangerment of a child.

Demers is next scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing on Friday.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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