PITTSFIELD — A Pittsfield couple are facing numerous charges, including assault, following a domestic incident Thursday morning in which the man allegedly held a knife to the woman's throat, police said.
Chester A. Soutier, 41, and Katelyn E. Rock, 31, both of Columbus Avenue, were released on bail after their arraignment Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court.
They were arrested about 6:23 a.m. after officers responded to a report of a woman throwing objects at a man on Jubilee Terrace.
Rock told police Soutier left the residence after an argument, and later kicked in a window when Rock refused to let him back in. She said Soutier demanded she give him his prescription for Xanax, and held a kitchen knife to her throat and threatened to kill her, but she was able to break free.
She said Soutier also punched her in the head and all over her body, then choked her at some point.
Soutier told police that Rock has a severe drug habit and had been high for four or five days. He said she chased him down Francis Avenue, jumped on his back, hit him with her fist, and tried to take his cellphone. She took an electronic cigarette machine from his backpack and threw it at him, hitting him in the head.
Rock slurred her speech, couldn't remember the sequence of events, and had trouble focusing on her conversation with the responding officers, according to the police report.
She pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault and battery on a family or household member and one count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. Soutier pleaded not guilty to single counts of assault and battery on a family or household member, assault with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit murder.
Judge Paul Smith set bail at $25 for each defendant, and scheduled a pretrial hearing for Sept. 25.