Pittsfield man allegedly choked, threatened girlfriend


PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend repeatedly, choking her and threatening to kill her.

Robert Rahilly Jr., 49, was arrested on North Street early Saturday shortly after he allegedly punched the victim and choked her against a wall in her apartment on Wendell Avenue Extension, according to Pittsfield Police.

Rahilly allegedly had been drinking heavily before an argument between the two. The dispute turned physical when Rahilly allegedly grabbed the woman's arms, slammed her against the wall and choked her, according to a statement the victim gave to Pittsfield police.

The woman told police she was choked almost to the point of unconsciousness. He allegedly told the woman he was going to kill her. He also punched her repeatedly in the head and shoulder, according to police.

After Rahilly left, the woman went to a neighbor's home to call the police.

The woman, 50, suffered bruises on her arms, marks on her head, throat and lacerations on her elbows. She was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, where she was treated and released, according to police.

In addition to the attempted murder charge, Rahilly faces an assault and battery count, an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon count for choking her against the wall, and witness intimidation.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday. He was remanded without bail to Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction by Judge Fredric Rutberg, until his next court date on May 9.

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