Second Pittsfield armed robbery suspect arrested; held on $100,000 bail

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PITTSFIELD — The second suspect in a rash of armed robberies in the city is behind bars — also accused of wielding a knife against the police officers who arrested him on Monday.

Damian P. Ivas, 40, of Pittsfield, was arrested Monday evening by members of the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau and Narcotics Unit, according to a notice on the Pittsfield Police Department Facebook page. Ivas was wanted in connection with the same six robberies in which George Bliss was charge last week, with Ivas expected to be charged with six counts of armed and masked robbery.

He also faces one count each of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, a knife, and resisting arrest. Police report none of the arresting officers were injured.

Ivas was being held in the Pittsfield Police lockup on $100,000.

The release didn't state where Ivas was arrested or when he would be arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court. The police department thanked those community members who provided tips or kept on the lookout for Ivas.

During a police interview following his arrest, Bliss, 30, allegedly implicated Ivas as an accomplice in all six robberies.

The pair allegedly committed the following robberies: the Elm Street Getty station on Dec. 23; Dawes Avenue Variety on Jan. 7; Peaslee's Package & Variety on Jan. 9; the Tyler Street Subway and the Elm Street Angelina's on Jan. 23; and the Dalton Avenue Cumberland Farms on Jan. 24.

Bliss' wife, Heidi L. Bliss-Reed, 35, also has been charged with a lone count of armed and masked robbery, suspected of being the getaway driver in the Jan. 24 robbery.

Meanwhile, six other armed robberies in Pittsfield since Nov. 23 are still being investigated.

The is no indication from police at this time whether Ivas or either of the Blisses are also suspects in any of those open cases.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413 496-6233.


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