PITTSFIELD — A Pittsfield man is facing charges, including assaulting a police officer, after a disturbance last week on Elizabeth Street.
Justin S. Robins, 28, of Chatham Street, was arrested along with another man Sept. 1, after police responded to Redfield House, a public housing complex for women and children.
Police responded about 7:37 p.m., after receiving a report of banging and loud noises coming from a third-floor apartment.
When officers originally arrived on the scene, Robins told them that neighbors were harassing him and his friends, according to the police report. Officers asked Robins to keep the noise down and anyone who didn't belong in the apartment to leave.
The officers were in the stairwell when they heard banging and yelling again coming from upstairs.This time, they saw another man, Walter Bradley, 40, of Elizabeth Street, kicking and banging on the apartment door while trying to open it. Robins then came out of the apartment in an "aggressive manner," and both men were arrested.
Neighbors told police that Robins was visiting and gave them a "hard time" when they asked him to keep the noise down. Bradley had tried to intervene on behalf of some female residents, but he began kicking the door after Robins swore at him. Police have received a video recording of the incident from a witness.
As Robins was being taken to the police station, he became belligerent and begin kicking the plexiglass in the rear of the police cruiser, according to police. He was pepper-sprayed and spit on an officer while being put in restraints during the booking process.
He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Sept. 2 to single counts of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. Judge Jennifer Tyne released him on personal recognizance and continued his case for a pretrial hearing Oct. 6.
Bradley was charged with disorderly conduct, but the charge was dismissed at the commonwealth's request.