Conflicting witness accounts in Alltown robbery case
PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of robbing a Tyler Street market in July had a cash bail set for him Tuesday, after questions were raised whether witnesses identified the correct suspect.
Randy Curmon, 38, has pleaded not guilty to one count of armed and masked robbery in the July 22 holdup of the Alltown Market. He had been held without the right to bail until Tuesday's hearing in Berkshire Superior Court.
According to Curmon's attorney, Joseph Zlatnik, while his client was being held without bail witnesses contacted police and said the person who committed the robbery July 22 was back in the store.
Judge Michael Callan agreed to set $5,000 bail for Curmon, with a condition of GPS monitoring.
The robbery occurred around 1 a.m. Witnesses said the suspect was wearing a white T-shirt over his face when he brandished a gun and demanded the cash from the register. He left on foot with about $140 and headed east on Burbank Street.
The suspect was described as a black male, wearing a black shirt, pants and sneakers. As the suspect was leaving, he briefly removed the shirt from his face, and a witness noticed that he had a neatly trimmed white or gray goatee.
About a week later, shortly before 2 a.m. Aug. 1, Curmon was in the back seat of a car that was pulled over by Massachusetts State Police at Burbank and Second streets in Pittsfield. He was arrested on the warrant, and a BB pistol was found in his backpack, which was seized as potential evidence in the robbery case.
Of the two witnesses in the store at the time of the robbery, one identified Curmon as the robber, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Andrew Giarolo.
Giarolo said another witness said they had dropped off Curmon at the market before the robbery and that police investigated another potential suspect, but said that person had an alibi that established that they were home sleeping at the time of the robbery.
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