Pittsfield man stabbed in street fight

Friday April 27, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 20-year-old Pittsfield man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing a man in the chest during a fight on Second Street early Thursday.

The stabbing victim, 20-year-old Frankie Underhill, re mained in Berkshire Medical Center as of late Thursday. Pittsfield Police Capt. John Mullin said Underhill's wounds were not life-threatening.

Not guilty plea

David M. Moody, 20, described in court records as homeless, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He is being held on $500 cash or $5,000 surety bail at Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

Just before 2 a.m. Thursday, Underhill and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Amethyst Ship man, were walking on Second Street when Moody, who was walking the other direction in the middle of the road, went up to Underhill and punched him, according to a probable cause report.

During the fight that ensued, Moody pulled a knife and swung it, the report said. Underhill dodged the swing, but ended up being stabbed once in the chest.

"I can't believe you just stabbed me," Underhill said, according to the police report. Moody reportedly answered, "Now go tell everyone you just got shanked."

Moody then ran east on Lincoln Street.

Suspect resisted arrest

Police later found Moody at an apartment on Brown Street. Through a window, officers saw him crying, according to the report. When police attempted to take Moody into custody, he was sitting in a chair holding a baseball bat and refusing to cooperate. He was Tasered once and arrested.

Moody, represented by attorney Glynis Mac Veety, is scheduled to be back in court May 25.

Moody had an outstanding warrant for failing to show for a pretrial hearing in an unrelated case of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

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