3 missing men; one tied to trial of Hells Angels member
Tuesday September 6, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Three city men, including a government witness against a ranking member of the local Hells Angels chapter, have been missing from a Pittsfield apartment for 10 days.
Local authorities, who spent Sunday and Monday searching Pittsfield State Forest for the missing persons, said they fear for the men's safety.
"At this point, with the three men missing now for over a week ... we do have to consider the possibility that foul play is involved," said Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless in a statement issued Monday.
David R. Glasser, 44; Edward S. Frampton, 58; and Robert T. Chadwell, 47, have been missing from the apartment Glasser and Frampton shared at 254 Linden St. since Aug. 28, the day Tropical Storm Irene hit Berkshire County.
Glasser was scheduled to testify against Adam Lee Hall, 34, the sergeant at arms for the Berkshire County chapter of the Hells Angels, on numerous drug, assault and weapons charges dating back to a 2009 case.
Before that case went to trial, Hall tried to frame Glasser in an attempt to prevent him from testifying against him, according to a 2010 indictment against him. The indictment alleges Hall was the mastermind behind a plot to pin a phony shooting and robbery on Glasser in New York state.
Hall, of Peru, is expected to stand trial this month in that case.
Until Sunday, Hall had been out on $50,000 bail pending his trial. On Sunday, Pittsfield and state police arrested Hall on charges unrelated to the three men's disappearance.
Pittsfield Police Captain Patrick F. Barry said Hall is currently being held in city facilities on one count of extortion, two counts of possessing child pornography, two counts of dissemination of child pornography and two counts of solicitation of child pornography.
Barry and Capeless declined to comment on whether Hall is considered a suspect in the three men's disappearances.
"It would be inappropriate for me to comment on what is a pending case," said Capeless.
Barry said police have been working on the case around the clock since the three men's disappearance.
On Monday, Pittsfield and State Police were parked at the edge of Pittsfield State Forest on Churchill Street across from Camp Winadu.
Just after 4 p.m., the officers were seen departing from the area.
Capeless declined to discuss whether they had uncovered anything.
"We're still investigating," he said.
Officials are asking anyone with any information as to the three men's whereabouts to contact Pittsfield Police at (413) 448-9700.
"If anyone saw anything in the area, or even in the city, we want to know about it," said Barry. "It may be nothing but we want to know about it -- suspicious vehicles headed down the road, someone coming out of that house, it could all be important."
Les Chadwell, the brother of missing Robert T. Chadwell, said he hopes to see his brother again soon, but doubted any of the men are safe.
Les lives with his brother across the street from Glasser and Frampton's apartment.
Les said on Monday that his brother frequently hangs out with Glasser and Frampton. He said Aug. 28 was no different.
Les, who said he is usually in daily contact with his brother, said he was aware of Glasser's "tangle" with the Hells Angels, but he said neither Chadwell nor Frampton had anything to do with the group.
He guessed that his brother was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"Three people, all in the same house, missing -- yeah, something happened, something tragic," he said. "We'll never hear from them again -- and you can quote me on that."
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