Adams man facing charges after alleged knife threat at North Adams Walmart

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NORTH ADAMS — An Adams resident is facing assault charges for allegedly threatening a man with a knife last month at the Walmart in North Adams.

Christian Richardson, 18, of Commercial Street, allegedly used a knife from a store shelf to provoke a fight shortly after 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2. The man told police Richardson had threatened him in the past.

Security footage shows Richardson lunge at the man once with the knife and again after dropping the knife, according to the criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Kevin Stant.

A witness, who was in line at the register, told police he tried to shield his children from Richardson.

Security footage showed bystanders under duress and fleeing from the area, the report said.

Richardson had just left the building's south entrance when police arrived and arrested him without incident.

He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday to single counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, wanton destruction of property under $1,200, threatening to commit a crime, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct, subsequent offense.

Judge Laurie MacLeod released Richardson on personal recognizance, with the condition that he not contact the victim.

Richardson is next scheduled to appear Nov. 26 for a pretrial hearing.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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