Pittsfield man allegedly threatened mother, stepfather with knife


PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man accused of threatening family members with a knife will be held for 60 days without bail after having his bail revoked in an earlier case.

Collin Gardner, 27, was arrested about 1:45 a.m. Saturday at a Daniels Avenue residence, according to Pittsfield Police. He was sitting on top of his 51-year-old stepfather with a knife in his hand while Gardner's mother, 55, struggled to hold on to her son's arm, police said.

Earlier in the night, the stepfather had to pull Gardner off his mother after he pushed her into the bathtub, put a knife to her throat and told her, "I will kill you. I don't care anymore," police said.

After pulling Gardner off, the stepfather was able to calm him down and get him downstairs. Gardner started stabbing the refrigerator, trashing the kitchen and then turned on the man, according to the report. The stepfather made it outside and called police after being slammed against the refrigerator by Gardner, police said.

After Gardner learned his stepfather had called 911, he allegedly punched the man in the face several times before retrieving the knife.

According to the report, all three family members had been drinking that night. It was unclear how the incident began, but the report indicates Gardner had been angry about not being able to see his child.

He was taken into custody without incident.

Gardner pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon and a single count of witness intimidation. He was also charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. Gardner's stepfather refused medical treatment, police said.

Attorney Robert D. Sullivan Jr., representing Gardner on bail matters, told the court his client had threatened suicide and his parents were just trying to get the weapon from him. He said Gardner's mother doesn't want to go forward with the charges.

Assistant District Attorney Kelly M. Kemp asked that Gardner have his bail revoked on an open case from February in which he allegedly violated a restraining order involving the mother of his child and hit her with a shoe.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg, citing the violent nature of both sets of charges ordered Gardner's bail revoked on the earlier case and set $500 bail on the newest charges.

The defendant can be held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction for up to 60 days without the right to bail. He is due back in court on Aug. 5.

The judge also ordered a psychiatric exam to determine whether the defendant is competent to stand trial and whether he should be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility.

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