NORTH ADAMS — A city man was held without bail after he pleaded not guilty to stabbing another man during a dispute Tuesday.
Rahsaan Montgomery, 40, allegedly twice stabbed a man during an altercation at an Apache Drive home at about 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Detective Jonathan Beaudreau.
The victim was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where he was treated for two puncture wounds in his back and released.
The stabbing was reported to police at 1:17 p.m.
Officers knew Montgomery had a connection to the owner of the residence, and were familiar with his vehicle from prior dealings with him. When police spotted his Lincoln SUV at the intersection of Ashland and Church streets, they followed him.
Suspecting he may have been involved in the reported stabbing, officers stopped the vehicle, in which Montgomery was a passenger.
Montgomery allegedly told police, "He came at me. He had a knife so I took it from him."
Meanwhile, additional officers responded to the scene of the stabbing and rendered first aid to the victim.
He was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where two puncture wounds in his back were closed with five staples. He also suffered small cuts on his index finger and thumb. He was released from the hospital Wednesday.
Montgomery later told police that he and the female operator of the Lincoln had gone to the Apache Drive residence to drop off his daughter, who lives there, and followed her inside. Montgomery told police that a man he did not know was eating a meal inside the back bedroom and attacked Montgomery with a fork and knife.
Montgomery told the officer he was able to take the knife away from the man and swung his fists blindly at the man before the fight was broken up.
Police noted that Montgomery's hooded sweatshirt was torn on its right sleeve, but that he did not appear to have suffered an injury.
The victim told police a different version of the events, claiming that Montgomery entered the bedroom and immediately began the fight. The victim said he did not know where Montgomery got the knife.
Police noted that the victim appeared to have been eating peanuts at the time the confrontation began, which would not require a fork and knife.
Officers also highlighted the fact that Montgomery did not call police to report the incident, which would have been reasonable had he been acting in self defense, according to the police report.
Montgomery pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to a single count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was held without the right to bail pending a dangerousness hearing, which has been scheduled for Friday.
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