Pittsfield man held in break-in, threat

Thursday August 9, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A homeless man is being held on $500 bail for allegedly breaking into a friend's house through a second-story window while the man slept -- and later accosting the man after he fled the house.

William D. Larow a.k.a. Strike, Angel Blackstone, Wil liam Larro and Angel Torres, 38, entered Jason Williamson's Worthington Street home about 10:30 a.m. Monday using a ladder and cut Williamson's computer cords, according to a Pittsfield Police report.

Williamson told police he pretended to be asleep and could feel Larow breathing on him from a few inches away.

When Williamson confronted Larow in the apartment's bathroom, Larow told him: "I didn't break in, I let myself in," according to the report.

After Williamson fled the house and walked to a nearby store, Larow allegedly confronted him and threatened to hurt him, the report said.

Williamson eventually was able to get back in his house and lock Larow out.

Larow picked up a flower pot and threw it into a street before fleeing the scene, according to the police report.

He was arraigned on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court and pleaded not guilty to breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony and vandalizing property, both felonies, and threat to commit assault and battery, a misdemeanor.

Judge Rita S. Koenigs ordered Larow held on $500 cash or bond at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction based on his criminal history in Vermont and Massachusetts and his mental health history.

His attorney, David A. Pixley, has asked for a mental health evaluation to determine whether Larow is competent to stand trial.


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