Pittsfield man denies he held gun to the head of his child's mother


PITTSFIELD -- A 34-year-old man who police say pushed his way into a city residence, put a gun against the head of his child's mother and then fled with their son, is free on $1,000 bail after pleading not guilty to two felonies and a misdemeanor.

On Friday in Central Berkshire District Court, Teddy Cepeda, of Danforth Avenue in Pittsfield, was released by Judge Robert S. Murphy Jr., on cash bail and ordered to stay away from the 25-year-old woman he allegedly assaulted.

According to the Pittsfield Police, on Thursday at about 7:30 a.m., Cepeda pushed his way into a Taubert Street residence. Once inside, he allegedly put a pistol to the head of the woman and told her: "This isn't over, [expletive]."

He took their six-year-old child and drove off in the woman's car, police said.

Police arrested Cepeda a short time later at his home. They did not recover any handguns but did find $7,000 in cash along with a scale they believe has cocaine residue on it after receiving a search warrant to open a safe at the residence. The scale is being sent to a crime lab for testing.

Police said the suspect is unemployed.

On Friday, Cepeda denied charges of felony breaking and entering and assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor driving with a suspended license.

According to the police report, more charges are likely in the case.

Cepeda is being represented by attorney Marc C. Vincelette Sr. and is due back in court in July for a pretrial hearing.

The child was safe and is back with his mother, said police.


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