Pittsfield man held after allegedly threatening woman with stolen handgun


PITTSFIELD — A city man is facing charges for allegedly threatening a woman on Tuesday night with a loaded, stolen handgun.

Russell Jack Allison, 43, who had the pistol tucked into his waistband when he was arrested, told police "I just picked that gun up a few minutes ago."

Officers were dispatched to Hot Harry's on North Street about 8:27 p.m. to speak with a woman who accused Allison of threatened her with a handgun.

The woman was, "crying, shaking and repeatedly holding her hands to her face," while speaking with officers, according to police.

The woman told police she was in a Church Street apartment earlier with Allison and two other people when an argument broke out and he took out the pistol and began brandishing it.

She told police the weapon was silver and that Allison had told her it could hold 13 rounds of ammunition.

While police were interviewing the woman, other officers were dispatched to the Church Street apartment.

Allison was seen leaving the apartment and getting into the back seat of a vehicle, which drove away.

Police pulled over the vehicle on Center Street and removed Allison from the vehicle. He struggled with officers as they attempted to place his hands behind his back, and police then found the pistol.

The gun matched the description given by the witness and contained a magazine with nine rounds of ammunition inside, though no round in the chamber.

A check of the gun's serial number showed it was stolen from Wethersfield, Conn.

Allison pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to charges of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, assault with a dangerous weapon, committing a firearms violation with three prior violent or drug crimes and resisting arrest.

Judge Paul Smyth ordered him held without the right to bail, pending a hearing on Oct. 11 to determine if bail should be set and in what amount.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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