Pittsfield man allegedly slapped, threatened woman with gun and knife

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PITTSFIELD — A city man is being held without bail amid charges he slapped a woman and threatened people with a knife and handgun.

Bruce Romano, 27, was arrested Friday while hiding on the toilet in a Robbins Avenue residence.

About 5:21 p.m., police were dispatched to John Street for a report of a disturbance involving a man with a handgun.

Witnesses described a man named Bruce with a facial tattoo having fled the scene into the Food Mart on Linden Street. Police checked the store, but Romano was not there.

The woman told police she was home when she answered a knock at the door and found Romano and another male outside.

Romano asked where the woman's boyfriend was and demanded she go get him.

An argument began and Romano allegedly slapped the woman across the face and threatened to, "shoot and kill everyone in here," until someone said they were calling the police, prompting Romano and the other man to leave.

The woman told police she saw a handgun in Romano's waistband.

Another witness told police Romano had pulled out a knife and threatened everyone at the house with it.

Romano was later found on the commode in the Robbins Avenue residence. A folding knife was found in the hallway outside of that bathroom.

At the station, Romano denied ever being on John Street and had only gone to the Food Mart, bought cigarettes and went straight back to Robbins Avenue and only smoked two cigarettes from the pack he'd bought, though there were 16 cigarettes missing from the pack he was carrying when he was arrested.

Romano couldn't explain to police what happened to the missing cigarettes, but still denied he'd gone to John Street.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault and battery.

Judge Paul Smyth revoked his bail until Aug. 31 on a pair of open cases; a drug possession case from January 2017 and an alleged violation of a harassment prevention order from May 2018.

Romano is due back in court July 3 for a pretrial hearing.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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