Pittsfield man charged with home invasion, beating woman


PITTSFIELD -- A city man police say was involved in an early morning armed home invasion of a West Union Street apartment is being held on bail following a hearing in Central Berkshire District Court.

Malik Grandson, 20, of John Street, has denied charges of felony armed home invasion and misdemeanor assault and battery connected to a break-in at the apartment of a 40-year-old woman who was beaten during the incident.

The woman said about 1 a.m. Monday, she heard the sound of glass breaking and saw her front door fly open. Three men with bandanas over the lower part of their faces, one holding a pistol, then entered her apartment, began trashing the house and demanded: "Where are they? Tell us where they are." The woman told police she begged the men to leave.

A fourth man then entered the apartment and punched the woman in the head "four or five times" before the group left. The woman did not suffer any serious injuries, according to a Pittsfield police report.

She later identified Grandson as one of the suspects from a photo array, police said.

On Wednesday, the defendant's attorney, Jill Sheldon, said there were problems with the identification of her client and that he had an alibi.

Grandson's girlfriend told the court that he was with her at her home at the time of the alleged attack.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office was seeking to revoke bail on an earlier case in which Grandson was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and other charges for allegedly hitting a Pittsfield police officer with a motorcycle and then fleeing the scene last September. He is scheduled to go to trial on that case in July.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg denied the motion to revoke bail, but held Grandson on $2,500 cash or $25,000 bail bond.

Grandson is scheduled to be back in court next month for a hearing, but the case may be going to the grand jury.

Police say the investigation is continuing.

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