Three people robbed, one at knifepoint, over the weekend in Pittsfield


By Andrew Amelinckx, Berkshire Eagle Staff

PITTSFIELD -- Police are investigating three reported robberies, including one that left a victim with lacerations.

The three separate robberies took place between midnight Friday and 11 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Around midnight on Friday, a 21-year-old Adams man leaving a nearby bar was robbed by two men in the area of South Street and Park Square. The man told police the two men punched him and knocked him to the ground, stole a small amount of cash from him, and damaged the front tire of his bicycle.

The victim apparently slept outside and came to the police station early Saturday morning to report the crime.

The men are described as a white male, approximately 5-feet tall, who was on foot, and a black male, about 5-foot-8 who was on a bicycle.

On Saturday night, a 45-year-old Pittsfield man was treated at Berkshire Medical Center for lacerations to his forehead, cheek and arms. He told police he was walking on Onota Street near West Union Street just after 10 p.m. when he was approached by two teens. A knife was put to his throat and the pair demanded his money. After they got his money and had taken the knife from his throat, the man fought back and was cut several times during the ensuing struggle, police said.

The first suspect in that case is described as a tall, thin dark-skinned black male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. The other suspect was described as a light-skinned black male.

Sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. Sunday, a 60-year-old woman walking on Melville Street had her purse snatched from her shoulder by a suspect described as a young black male, about 5-foot-6, wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up.

The woman told police she had been at the Cumberland Farms on First Street just before the robbery.

Pittsfield Police Detective Captain Patrick F. Barry said it was still too early to say whether these crimes are linked. All three continue to be under investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crimes or has information concerning them is urged to call police at (413)448-9700.

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