Pair of Pittsfield women plead not guilty to armed assault, larceny


PITTSFIELD >> A pair of city women are denying accusations they attempted to rob a man of cash and drugs while holding a knife to his throat on Saturday morning.

Melissa N. Roy, 27, and Pauline Marie Carmel, 34, both of Onota Street, told police the alleged victim had robbed them of prescription pills and they gave chase, but denied using a knife.

Police were dispatched to John Street about 10:30 a.m. for a report of a disturbance.

The alleged victim, 43, told police the women had contacted him for a ride. During that ride, he said, Carmel held a gray utility knife to his throat and demanded cash and drugs.

He told police there was a struggle and he managed to get out of the car and run toward a home on John Street, with the women in pursuit.

Police found a gray utility knife laying on a child's car seat on the front porch of a John Street home which matched the description given by the alleged victim.

He told police the women also stole his cellphone from inside his vehicle. The phone was located near the porch of a John Street home while police were interviewing those involved.

Carmel denied any knowledge of the phone and told police the alleged victim must have placed it there.

The victim told police he had to use a chair to defend himself. Carmel's attorney, Ryan Smith said his client was attacked by the victim with that chair and was hit in the face with it.

Carmel told police she and Roy were planning on selling the victim a bottle of prescription pills and he refused to pay. He then grabbed the drugs, jumped out of the car and ran.

Both women were arraigned Monday in Central Berkshire District Court before Judge William Rota on one count each of armed assault to rob and larceny over $250 for the alleged theft of the phone.

Roy incurred an additional charge of carrying a dangerous weapon when a folding knife hidden in her underwear was discovered during the booking process following her arrest.

That knife did not match the description of the one allegedly used in the robbery.

Carmel was ordered held on $1,000 bail and Roy had her bail set at $500, both with the extra conditions they refrain from abuse of the victim, have no contact with him and remain 50 yards away.

Both women are due back in court on April 19 for pretrial hearings.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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