Pittsfield man accused of trying to urinate on people from second-floor apartment

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PITTSFIELD — A city man's bail has been revoked after he he tried to urinate on a group of people on the street below his apartment window.

Josiah L. Helmer, 21, stuck his head out the window of his Burbank Street apartment on Thursday evening and began yelling profanities at a woman who was outside with another man and woman, according to police. He then exposed himself and tried to urinate on the people below his second-floor window.

There was no answer at Helmer's apartment when police attempted to speak with him, so a warrant for his arrest was requested.

About 8:45 p.m., police were informed Helmer was reportedly banging on the walls of his apartment.

Armed with a warrant, police entered the apartment, where they found him asleep and took him into custody without incident.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to two counts each of open and gross lewdness and attempting to commit a crime.

Attorney Thomas Donohue described the incident as an "alcohol-fueled situation" and recommended not revoking bail and releasing Helmer on his own recognizance.

Judge Patrick Sabbs rejected the defense request and revoked bail for 60 days on the open assault and battery charges from an August case.

He set a nominal bail of $50 on the new charges; a pretrial hearing was scheduled for Nov. 22.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.


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