Pittsfield man to serve six months for Black Friday fracas


PITTSFIELD — A city man has been sentenced to serve six months in jail for assaulting police, store employees, hospital staff and EMTs during a Black Friday fracas at Walmart in November.

Derek D. Quintero, 33, pleaded guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges related to the incident. He said a recent change in his medication led to his behavior that morning including spitting on store employees and hospital staff and threatening to sexually assault members of police officer's families.

Quintero also admitted to beating his own head against a Plexiglas divider in a police cruiser and threatening to sue the department for his injuries.

Police were dispatched to Walmart about 1:16 a.m. Nov. 28 for a report that a man had become irate after an argument with store staff about being able to use a motorized scooter.

Quintero did not calm down as police spoke with him and spit on an employee as he was being escorted out of the store.

When he was placed in the cruiser, Quintero beat his head against the divider yelling, "Look what you did to me," and threatened the lives of the officers and their families.

Police estimate Quintero beat his head on the divider six times, according to court records.

Quintero continued to be combative while he was being taken to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment of his injuries,

After slipping free of some of the straps on his stretcher, he threatened police officers who tried to restrain him.

He continued to battle authorities at the hospital, head-butting police and threatening the lives of those around him and their families and spitting in the faces of security officers.

Removing Quintero from the ambulance required the assistance of about six members of the hospital staff, according to court records.

Judge Thomas Estes rejected a request from Quintero's attorney that he be sentenced to probation, noting since the November incident, Quintero has been participating in mental health and substance abuse counseling.

Prosecutors asked for a nine-month sentence, noting Quintero has already served jail time repeatedly and has violated court orders in the past, making him a poor candidate for probation.

Judge Thomas Estes agreed and sentenced him to one year in the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction on charges of assault, assault and battery and resisting arrest.

Six months of that sentence will be served directly, with the balance suspended for one year.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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