North Adams man facing attempted murder charge held on dangerousness


NORTH ADAMS -- The man charged with attempted murder over the weekend is being held without bail following his arraignment on Tuesday.

Citing his alleged level of dangerousness, Northern Berkshire District Court remanded Richard Ladouceur to jail after his arraignment on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, attempted murder, intimidating a witness, and threatening to commit a crime.

During an incident Saturday morning, Ladouceur, 25, of Dover Street, allegedly strangled his live-in girlfriend to the point of vomiting, according to a probably cause report written by North Adams Police Officer Toby Randall. Ladouceur also allegedly threatened to kill the woman with a Samurai sword.

Ladouceur’s attorney, Richard LeBlanc, claimed the defendant suffers from an illness that influenced his actions that day, according to court documents. LeBlanc declined to disclose the illness, but the court ordered Berkshire Forensic Services to evaluate Ladouceur.

The woman walked in to the police station Saturday morning, reporting the assault and informing police Ladouceur could harm himself. During a dispute, Ladouceur allegedly punched and broke a television and stabbed a wall with knives, in addition to assaulting the woman by both strangulation and punching her in the stomach.

North Adams Police, Clarksburg Police, and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Police apprehended Ladouceur at the apartment, where they allegedly found the sword, throwing knives, two folding knives, and a hatchet.

The report noted that the victim had "very faint red marks to her neck."

Ladouceur will be back in court for a dangerousness hearing on April 25.


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