Pittsfield man accused of stabbing pregnant girlfriend six times

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PITTSFIELD — A city man who allegedly stabbed his pregnant girlfriend six times after an argument Monday night is being held without bail.

Richard Martel, 26, told police he blacked out and when he came to, he had a knife in his hand. He denied having taken any drugs or alcohol.

Witnesses said they were in front of the couple's Woodlawn Avenue apartment when they heard a woman scream and saw the victim come out the door, bleeding and stating that Martel had stabbed her.

Police arrived at the scene about 7:45 p.m. and found the victim with open wounds on her left side, her right shoulder and blood was running down from her lower back.

Martel, who was still in the apartment, was taken in to custody without incident. While being read his rights, he allegedly said, unprompted, "the knife is in the laundry basket."

He said when he came out of his blackout and was told he'd stabbed the victim he, "freaked out, panicked," and then put the knife in the basket.

Martel told police he remembered arguing with the woman prior to the attack, but could not remember what the argument was about.

The victim suffered "four deep puncture wounds," on her back and two more cuts on her left arm, officials determined after a hospital exam. Despite their severity, the wounds were not considered life threatening.

The report made no mention of the condition of the unborn child or how far along the victim was in her pregnancy.

Martel pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to charges of assault and battery on a pregnant person with a dangerous weapon and armed assault to murder.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel ordered him back in court for his dangerousness hearing on March 8.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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