NYC man pleads not guilty to robbing Pittsfield couple at gunpoint, assaulting police dog
PITTSFIELD -- A New York City man police said robbed two people at gunpoint in January and assaulted a police dog remains in jail on $200,000 bail after pleading not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to 12 charges. A second suspect in the case remains at large.
On Wednesday, Jeffrey D. Mable, 35, denied charges that included armed robbery while masked, armed assault with the intent to rob, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, five gun-related charges and willful injury of a police dog, among others.
According to Pittsfield Police, just after midnight on Jan. 25, a 35-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were exiting their car at the rear of their Bradford Street apartment when two men, wearing all black and with their faces covered by masks, approached them and demanded money.
One of the suspects was carrying a pistol and hit the woman in the face with it, police said. When a neighbor pulled up in a car the two men ran off.
Police said officers who arrived on scene followed footprints in the snow and located a pistol, a knife and some cash. K-9 Officer James Losaw and his partner Ciro were part of the search and when the dog caught up to Mable, the defendant punched and kicked the animal, according to a report.
Ciro's current condition was unavailable by press time, but a report did not indicate that the dog suffered any serious injuries.
Mable has been held on $200,000 bail since his arrest. On Wednesday, Judge John A. Agostini continued to hold the defendant on the same bail amount.
Attorney Raymond J. Jacoub was assigned to represent Mable. Jacoub didn't have a comment on the case when reached by phone.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry.
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for July 17.
According to police, the case is still under investigation and the second suspect remains on the loose.
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