Pittsfield man held on $100K bail in 2009 armed robbery
PITTSFIELD -- A city man who allegedly robbed a couple at gunpoint inside their home in 2009 remains in jail on $100,000 bail after denying the charges.
Tyrone Jenkins, 32, of Parker Street, aka Anthony Brown, 32, was the man behind an April 21, 2009, armed robbery of a couple at their North Street home in Pittsfield, according to police.
The female victim told police she knew him because she had dated a friend of his, but that she hadn't seen him in several years when he knocked on her door, eventually pulled out a gun and robbed the couple of $300 and their cellphones, according to a police report. The woman's 9-year-old boy was present during the robbery and home invasion, said police.
Jenkins' lawyer, Thomas J. Donohue Jr., says it's a case of mistaken identity.
Jenkins was arrested on a warrant by Pittsfield Police on April 24 when he was allegedly recognized by an officer during the arrest of another man at a Glenwood Avenue residence.
The other man, Tyler Chao, 18, was arrested on a warrant for unrelated charges.
When arrested, Jenkins allegedly had a bag of phencyclydine (PCP) on him.
Jenkins is a member of the Bloods gang, according to police and goes by the street name "Homicide" or "Homo," pronounced "Hamo."
According to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, he has a criminal history that includes armed robbery, illegal gun and drug possession charges.
Jenkins pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to single counts of home invasion, armed robbery and illegal possession of PCP and three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
Judge Mary-Lou Rup ordered him held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction in lieu of $100,000 cash or $1,000,000 surety bail.
He had been held without bail as a dangerous person at the District Court level before his arraignment in Superior Court.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke is prosecuting the case.
Jenkins is due back in court Sept. 9. for a pretrial hearing.
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