Six arrested, two officers injured in melee outside Pittsfield bar


PITTSFIELD -- Six people were arrested, including one person who was subdued with a Taser, and two police officers were injured, during altercations outside Johnny's Beach Club on Wahconah Street early Saturday morning.

Pittsfield police responded to the bar at about 1:05 a.m. after somebody from the bar reported a fight outside involving four people, Pittsfield Police Lt. Jeffrey Bradford said. When officers arrived they did not see a fight, but there was a large crowd gathered, he said. The bar was emptying out and closing down, Bradford said.

As officers worked to disperse people from the area, several altercations erupted, Bradford said. Six people were charged with resisting arrest and other offenses.

Bradford said that police reports referred to some in the crowd as "rioters" and "confrontational" with officers.

Kamarris Tre'rell Dewitt, 21, of Pittsfield, was subdued by police with a Taser after struggling with officer Eliezer Garcia, who was attempting to arrest him, Bradford said. Garcia suffered knee and hand injuries, Bradford said. Dewitt was charged with disorderly conduct.

Danielle Wendell, 21, of Pittsfield, was arrested after allegedly punching officer Cheryl Belknap. Wendell was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Steven Huff, 29, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. After being placed into the back of a police cruiser, he allegedly damaged a radar sensor. He was charged with vandalizing property as a result.

Travis Altman, 26, of Pittsfield, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly throwing ice at officers. He was also charged with disorderly conduct, possession of cocaine and resisting arrest.

Brandon Eason, 23, of Dalton, was charged with resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer and disturbing the peace.

Lanise Robinson, 20, was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and possession of cocaine.

Pittsfield police officers were backed up by state police, officers from Lanesborough, Dalton and Berkshire County Sheriff's deputies.

None of those arrested were injured, Bradford said. Nobody involved in the fracas was transported to the hospital, he said.

Another woman could be facing multiple charges as a result of the fray, Bradford said. There are multiple reports being filed by officers who were at the scene.

All of those charged were released and are due to be arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday morning.

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