Pittsfield man charged with using wrench in attack


PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man who is awaiting trial on charges he struck his nephew was arrested on Monday evening after allegedly using a wrench during a fight.

Francis Gauthier, 25, of Kellogg Street, was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday on the new charges. Police responded to a call from a male who alleged Gauthier knocked him unconscious while he was visiting his sister.

The male told police that Gauthier allegedly called him a "fake cancer patient." The male told police he turned away to help his sister clean up when he was struck on the head with a wrench and lost consciousness.

Gauthier pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Gauthier told police he asked the male to leave and that it was he who was struck in the head. Gauthier told police he used the wrench to defend himself.

Police photos showed the alleged victim bleeding from his head. Gauthier had a bump on his head, police said. The man who was hit with the wrench was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and treated for his injuries.

Gauthier was out on bail for an incident that allegedly occurred in January, where he was accused of grabbing two young children by the neck while accompanying them at Big Y Supermarket and bumping their heads together.

He also was accused of hitting one of the children, his 5-year-old nephew, in the mouth at his home. Gauthier allegedly struck the boy with his open hand, causing the lip to swell. Gauthier is also alleged to have threatened to kill the nephew, according to police.

Gauthier's attorney, William Barry, said that videotape from the supermarket did not clearly show that Gauthier had put his hands on the necks of the boys. A police report also noted that the videotape from the supermarket was inconclusive.

Judge Fredric Rutberg revoked Gauthier's $100 bail on the outstanding case pending a Jury of Six trial and the outcome of his current case.

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