Pittsfield woman says ex accosted her with pellet gun


PITTSFIELD — Todd Leclair allegedly laid in wait for his victim Monday night, hiding behind a table and carrying a realistic-looking pellet pistol.

The woman had been alerted by phone that someone was at the rear of her apartment, banging on the door.

When she went back to check she found Leclair, who took the gun from his waistband, pointed it at her chest and ordered her back inside.

The woman believed the gun was real and feared she'd be shot if she didn't comply, she told police.

Pittsfield Police, who were responding to a report of an assault at the Dalton Avenue apartment, saw Leclair fleeing on foot and gave chase. He was found hiding under a nearby bush before again fleeing and being caught.

A black pellet gun was found under the bush where Leclair had been hiding, police said.

The woman and Leclair had been in a past dating relationship, which ended after he was arrested for assaulting her earlier this year and a restraining order against him had recently expired, she told police.

Leclair still faces charges of assault and battery on a family or household member and strangulation in that incident.

In that June 11 case, police were called to Dalton Avenue for a report of a disturbance and found Leclair hiding in a closet.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, threatening to commit a crime and resisting arrest.

His bail was revoked on his earlier case and he is being held without the right to bail for 90 days.

Leclair will remain held for an additional 30 days beyond that after the state and his attorney, Ryan Bausch, agreed to allow him to be held for 120 days as dangerous.

A hearing was set for Dec. 13, during which the matter of bail may be taken up again.

A pretrial hearing was set for Sept. 27.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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