Pittsfield man allegedly beat, throttled pedestrian for blocking driveway

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PITTSFIELD — A city man is facing assault and other charges for allegedly choking and beating a man and hurling racial epithets at him Sunday night because he was blocking a driveway.

Allen J. Ryan, 26, was trying to pull into a driveway at 92 Henry Ave. when he had to wait for a pedestrian who was crossing the entrance.

The pedestrian, who is 57, told police Ryan began yelling at him for walking too slowly. When the victim began to walk away, Ryan allegedly yelled a racial slur and tackled him.

Ryan then punched the man in the face, while continuing to yell slurs and wrapped his hands around the man's throat, cutting off his breathing, but not the point of losing consciousness, according to the victim.

A witness told police he saw Ryan attacking the pedestrian and heard the slurs being uttered before going inside the Henry Street home.

Ryan told police the dispute began when the man threw a stone at the car, striking the window, after he yelled at him for walking too slowly. Police did not see any damage to the vehicle's windows.

He said an argument ensued and he claimed the man grabbed his mother, who had come out of the house, and pushed her and poked his girlfriend in the chest, prompting the fight.

Ryan pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of assault and battery, a civil rights violation with injury, strangulation and vandalizing property for allegedly breaking the other man's headphones during the fight.

Judge William Rota ordered Ryan be held on $500 bail and set a pretrial hearing date of April 13.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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