Pittsfield woman charged in alleged break-in, assault; 2nd suspect sought


PITTSFIELD — One woman has been charged and another is being sought in connection with an alleged break-in and assault on Monday afternoon.

Savannah M. Machado, 21, of Pittsfield, is accused of breaking into a Springside Avenue home and assaulting the woman inside with the aid of an accomplice, causing the victim to require medical treatment.

Police were dispatched to the home about 12:47 p.m. for a report of the alleged attack, according to a report prepared by Pittsfield Police Patrol Officer Ignacio Matos.

The victim told police the assault may have been prompted by an incident from the previous week in which Machado was left behind in Albany after allegedly fighting with guests and becoming belligerent during a birthday dinner.

The victim told police she was upstairs in the home when she heard the door close and went downstairs, thinking it was her father returning home.

She found Machado and another woman standing in her living room.

Without a word, the victim said, Machado began punching her in the face and was restrained by the other woman — also 21 — when she tried to defend herself.

The second woman pinned the victim to the ground while Machado kicked her, according to the victim's statement to police.

Matos said the victim had several bruises on her face and blood dripping from her nose. She requested medical treatment and was eventually treated at Berkshire Medical Center for her injuries.

According to police, Machado turned herself in at the Pittsfield Police Department, where she was placed under arrest and booked.

Machado pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot), assault and battery and felony daytime breaking and entering.

Judge William Rota released her on her personal recognizance on the conditions she stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim.

Machado is due back in court on June 21 for a pretrial hearing.

City police were seeking a warrant for the other woman's arrest, but as of Wednesday afternoon, she had not appeared in court.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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