Two in custody, charged with assault, robbery of 17-year-old bicyclist

Monday May 7, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man, charged with stabbing and robbing a 17-year-old bicyclist early Monday on a city street, is being held without bail following his arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court.

Solomon Jones III, 19, pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a single count of assault and battery, and one count of armed robbery, and had his bail revoked on several pending cases. He denies he committed the crime.

Jones and Walter Gadson Jr., 17 -- who is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday -- allegedly attacked a man who was riding his bicycle on Livingston Avenue in Pittsfield just after midnight Monday.

The victim was hit in the head with a gun, punched, slammed into the ground and stabbed in the leg, according to a police report.

The victim, a 17-year-old male from Pittsfield, remained in the hospital as of Monday with a stab wound and a broken elbow, according to police.

The teen said he was riding his bicycle home when a man jumped out of a white Dodge Nitro and began fighting with him. A second man also came out of the SUV and hit him in the head with what he believed was a gun. While down on the ground, the victim thought his right leg was wet, but discovered he was bleeding profusely from a stab wound, the report indicated.

The two assailants allegedly stole the man's wallet containing $5, along with his cell phone and keys, and left him laying on the ground.

Jones was arrested a short time later after Pittsfield Police located the SUV described by the victim.

Two women, the driver and a passenger, who were not charged, allegedly told police Gadson asked them to pull over just before the attack and that both Gadson and Jones, after getting back into the SUV, said: "We [expletive] him up," and then the two men "laughed about it."

Police say they found a knife at the scene of the crime and are having it tested for forensic evidence.

Jones' attorney, Joshua C. Hochberg, said he believes that whatever evidence is turned up from the knife will exonerate his client.

In court, Judge Fredric D. Rutberg revoked Jones' bail, which means he can be held for 60 days, after which time Jones must come up with $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail to be released.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office asked for $50,000 cash or surety bail, citing the nature of the crime and Jones' record.

Jones has several cases pending. He, along with two other men, allegedly broke into cars in Lee and stole items from the vehicles, including credit cards on which they racked up hundreds of dollars worth of charges.

A hearing on Jones' new case has been scheduled for June 5, but will likely be heading to Superior Court.

Gadson turned himself in to the Pittsfield Police on Monday afternoon, was charged with the same crimes as Jones, and is being held pending his arraignment Tuesday morning in Central Berkshire District Court.


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