Pittsfield man who allegedly raped, beat woman held on $25,000 bail


PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of raping, beating and choking a woman in a vehicle Sunday night has been ordered held on $25,000 bail.

Albert Kolodziej, 21, of Lenox Avenue, allegedly assaulted a woman following an argument and told her "Now, I'm going to show you the monster I really am."

Kolodziej faces 13 charges including attempted murder, rape and kidnapping.

Details of the case are sparse because the police report has been sealed.

Prosecutors say Kolodziej and the victim met for drinks Sunday and during the drive back, an argument began, which then turned physical.

Kolodziej allegedly pulled into a parking lot, grabbed the woman and forced her into performing a sex act upon him, then forced her out of the car and into the back seat where he allegedly assaulted her again.

According to prosecutors, the woman was unable to open the doors of the vehicle from the inside due to the child safety locks being engaged.

Kolodziej also allegedly hit the woman and struck her head against the center console of the car.

Later, while driving, Kolodziej struck a tree injuring himself and the alleged victim before leaving the scene of the crash on foot. He returned a short time later, police said.

The extent of the woman's injuries were unclear.

Kolodziej pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to two counts each of rape, strangulation and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of attempted murder, assault and battery, kidnapping, intimidation of a witness, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Judge William A. Rota ordered him remanded to Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction and ordered him to return April 28.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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