Suspect in 2009 Pittsfield home invasion held without bail


PITTSFIELD -- An alleged Bloods gang member who reportedly goes by the street name "Homicide" is being held without bail in the 2009 armed robbery and home invasion of a Pittsfield couple.

Anthony Brown, who also is known as Tyrone Jenkins and whose legal name and age are both in question, was picked up on Thursday by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force on a warrant after police went to arrest another man on a warrant at the same residence on Glenwood Avenue.

Jenkins is 32, according to police records, while Brown is 30.

In the 2009 case, the Pittsfield couple told police that they had let Brown into their home during the day after he knocked on their door.

The female said that he used to date her friend but hadn't seen him in years. After leaving the home and returning, he allegedly pulled out a gun and demanded their money. He allegedly took off with $300 and two cellphones.

Attorney Thomas Donahue said he was representing Brown at his arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday morning and that the armed robbery charge was a case of mistaken identity.

A witness in the case appeared in the morning but did not reappear for the dangerousness hearing in the afternoon, and the Berkshire District Attorney's Office was unable to produce another witness.

Berkshire Assistant District Attorney Robert Royce asked that Brown be held without bail until a continuation of the dangerousness hearing on Tuesday. Due to a widespread power outage, Royce said he was unable to access computer files related to the case and the Pittsfield Police Department photo array from which a witness allegedly picked out the defendant in 2009.

Donahue said he would accept having his client held without bail until the hearing was continued on Tuesday. Judge Fredric Rutberg agreed to the terms and continued the hearing until Tuesday.

Brown was allegedly at a residence on Glenwood Avenue with Tyler Chao, 18, who police arrested on Thursday for an outstanding warrant.

According to a police report, Officer John Mazzeo said he recognized Brown from a traffic stop in 2008. After checking files at the police station, police returned in the afternoon to charge him in connection with the 2009 armed robbery. Mazzeo said that he remembered that Brown had burn marks on his face and arm, which he said was an indicator that Brown is a Bloods gang member. Those marks were verified by photographs in a police report.

While sitting in the cruiser after his arrest on Thursday, Brown was seen moving around by police, who allegedly uncovered a bag of phencyclydine, or PCP. He was charged with drug possession and Rutberg set bail at $100 in that matter.

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