Pittsfield man facing charges following alleged frying pan assault

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PITTSFIELD — A city man is facing assault and other charges after he allegedly attacked his personal care attendant with a frying pan.

Richard C. Michalski, 64, was arrested Thursday afternoon after police were alerted to an altercation on Howard Street.

Police were wrapping up a call at a neighboring address when a witness approached them to say they heard a woman crying for help as well as crashing and banging coming from 130 Howard St.

Officers went to that address and heard a woman screaming and Michalski yelling, "Give me my money." When they opened the unlocked door, they saw Michalski wielding a frying pan over his head shouting, "Give me my money, or I'll hit you again."

Michalski dropped the pan after being ordered to do so by police.

The woman, Michalski's live-in PCA, told police Michalski had hit her on the head, legs and hands multiple times with the pan. She said the argument began after she told him she no longer wished to live in the residence.

Michalski allegedly grabbed the woman when she attempted to leave, and grabbed her cellphone and threw it to the floor when she attempted to call police before beating her with the frying pan.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness and vandalizing property.

Judge William Rota released him on his own recognizance with the conditions he abide by any restraining orders in place, refrain from abusing the alleged victim, remain 25 yards away from her and have no contact with her.

Michalski is due back in court on May 10 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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