N.Y. man accused in 2009 Pittsfield armed robbery remains held without bail


PITTSFIELD -- A New York man accused of a 2009 armed robbery will be held without bail for up to 90 days pending further court action in his case.

Anthony Brown, 32, of Utica, was ordered held by Judge Paul Vrabel, after a dangerousness hearing on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Brown was arrested at a Glenwood Avenue residence last week on an outstanding warrant from the 2009 case by Pittsfield Police, who were making an unrelated arrest.

Brown, an alleged Bloods gang member, also has gone by the alias Tyrone Jenkins and the street name "Homicide," according to police.

He is accused of robbing a couple of $300 and two cellphones in their home after being let in by a woman who knew him. Speaking out at a hearing earlier this week, he called the charges "frivolous."

His attorney, Thomas Donahue, said at Friday's hearing that his client poses "no present danger."

Vrabel said a dangerousness hearing is typically meant to hold somebody due to the "immediacy" of them being a danger, and Donahue concurred. "We are not speaking of an immediacy," Vrabel said.

Vrabel said the district court doesn't have jurisdiction on the case and asked why no grand jury indictment had been sought, or why a bail hearing hadn't been held rather than the dangerousness hearing.

Police, prosecutors and the defense had all sought to bring forth the victims from the 2009 case as witnesses, but the victims declined to testify.

Berkshire Assistant District Attorney Robert Royce noted Brown's criminal history in asking that he be held longer. He cited a past assault conviction when Brown was 17, a prior armed robbery charge, drug charge, gun possession charge and an outstanding case in which he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

"This individual carries firearms and robs people," Royce said. "His street name is Homicide. I think that speaks for itself."

Brown will continue to be held in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction. The case likely will be presented to a grand jury.

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