After absence in court, Pittsfield man arrested, faces new charges

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PITTSFIELD — A city man wanted by authorities since January, after failing to appear in court, is being held on bail after being arrested Thursday on new assault and battery charges.

Glen Chadwell, 47, whose address is listed as homeless in court documents, has at least four open cases — one in Berkshire Superior Court and three in Central Berkshire District Court.

A warrant was issued for Chadwell after he failed to appear at a Jan. 24 superior court hearing on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender (subsequent offense) from an alleged May 2017 incident in Lenox.

Meanwhile, he has three open cases in district court — one on a charge of larceny, another on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender — both are from 2019 — and three new charges from January.

According to court files, on Jan. 23, the day before Chadwell was due in Superior Court, police were sent to a Bradford Street apartment in response to an alleged assault.

Chadwell became irate after one of the women refused to have sex with him, according to the alleged victims.

He allegedly started throwing bottles of alcohol around the apartment and threw a bar stool, which struck one of the women. According to a police report, Chadwell then began punching and kicking the woman while she was on the floor and struck her in the head with a broom.

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The second woman in the apartment told police she emptied a can of pepper spray on Chadwell, who left the area. The woman who was struck by the stool identified the man as Chadwell, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Chadwell was picked up on his open warrants Thursday by Pittsfield Police.

He appeared in Berkshire Superior Court on Friday afternoon and was ordered held on $1,000 bail. He is due back in court Tuesday afternoon.

After that appearance, he was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court and entered not guilty pleas to his new charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.

An additional $1,000 bail was set on those charges, and that case was continued until Wednesday.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Stephanie Ilberg is prosecuting Chadwell on his superior court charges, while Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Stuart Weissman is prosecuting the district court cases.

Attorney Jill Sheldon is representing Chadwell on all his open matters.

Bob Dunn can be reached at, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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