PITTSFIELD — A woman is facing assault charges after she allegedly stabbed a man in the chest Monday morning, just steps from North Street, according to Pittsfield police.
The incident came barely a day after two shooting incidents, including the city's first homicide of the year.
About 10:40 a.m. Monday, police found a 34-year-old male on Madison Avenue with multiple stab wounds, according to a news release. A knife also was found and seized as evidence.
The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.
The woman who was with him, Nakesha Peltier-Tarrance, 27, was arrested after a brief investigation. Police said there was no risk to public safety.
Peltier-Tarrance is being held on $10,000 bail, and likely will be arraigned Tuesday. She is facing one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Authorities continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a man about 2:13 a.m. Sunday at a home on Edward Avenue.
City police issued a statement Sunday stating the department does not believe the shooting represents a threat to the general public.
Identification of the victim was being withheld pending notification of his family. Police referred questions regarding the shooting to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.
Attempts to solicit more information from the DA's Office were unsuccessful.
Police also responded to reports that a house on Maple Street was hit by gunfire shortly before midnight Sunday. Multiple rounds were fired, but no injuries were reported.
Sunday's slaying appears to the the first in the county in 2019, and follows two recent homicides toward the end of 2018: the shooting death of David Green in early November and the stabbing death of William Catalano in mid-October.
Three men — Jason Sefton, Bruce Romano and Anthony Boone — have been charged in Catalano's death; all are being held without bail.
Lance Burke, of The Bronx, N.Y., has been charged with Green's death. He, too, is being held without bail.
In her recent State of the City address, Mayor Linda Tyer said the city is working to address the issue of violence, citing a community police center in progress on Columbus Avenue.
Carolyn Valli, executive director of Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, whose space on Columbus Avenue will be used by Pittsfield Police Department for the center, said her team is still actively recruiting volunteers to help staff the police hub.
She said Monday that she asks volunteers signing up to attend next week's meeting of the West Side Neighborhood Initiative in order to coordinate training times for incoming volunteers.
Before the center can open, Valli said, "we have to have all the volunteers in place."
Sunday's fatal shooting occurred near Elm Street in the city's east side, and the stabbing Monday was downtown.
Anyone with information in the open matters is asked to contact Pittsfield Police's Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Information can also be provided via the department's tip hotline at 413-448-9708.
Staff writer Amanda Drane contributed to this report.
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