Pittsfield man facing charges denies beating woman


PITTSFIELD -- A city man already facing a charge of motor vehicle homicide denied new charges on Friday for allegedly beating up a woman.

Shaun M. Race, 30, of Broad Street, allegedly punched a 26-year-old woman in the head, pulled her hair and refused to let her leave his apartment around noon Thursday, according to Pittsfield Police. When a female friend of the defendant showed up, she too attacked the woman, punching her, pulling her hair and throwing cake at her, all at the behest of Race, according to a police report.

Race then took her Galaxy tablet, refused to give it back and gave it to the other woman, police said.

A witness saw the woman run out of the house screaming for help and asking her to call 911. Two other women exited the house and got into a car.

"Do you want some more of this?" one of the women yelled at the alleged victim, according to the witness.

When police arrived, the alleged victim was crying hysterically, according to the report.

Race was later arrested without incident.

Police said the woman suffered some bruising and was taken to Berkshire Medical Center after complaining of pain to both sides of her head.

She told police she has been dating Race since December. Race denied he was dating the woman and said they were only friends, according to the report.

The woman was granted a restraining order against Race.

In Central Berkshire District Court on Friday, Race’s attorney, Thomas J. Donohue Jr., told the court his client never touched the woman, but that he broke up a fight between her and another female. Additionally, the alleged victim has mental health issues and is obsessed with Race and recently carved "I heart U" into his door, the lawyer said.

Race denied felony larceny from a person and misdemeanor assault and battery.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert Royce asked the court to revoke the defendant’s bail on an open motor vehicle homicide case in Berkshire Superior Court and hold him without bail for up to 60 days, citing the facts in both cases as evidence the defendant was a danger to the community.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg found that the prosecution hadn’t met its burden proving Race should have his bail revoked and released him on $500 bail that Race had posted the night before.

Race is due back in court on June 16.

He is set to go to trial next month on single counts of motor vehicle homicide while driving negligently and driving with a suspended license.

According to police and prosecutors, Race was driving negligently when the Jeep Cherokee he was operating slammed into a tree on Route 7 at the West Road intersection in Lee on the afternoon of May 26, 2012. The impact flipped the vehicle and Race’s girlfriend, 30-year-old Mayra Demedeiros, was ejected. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The couple’s 6-week-old daughter, who was also in the vehicle, wasn’t hurt, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

Race remains free on personal recognizance on the Superior Court case.


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