Man held without bail in Adams stabbing

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NORTH ADAMS — An Adams man is being held without bail after police say he stabbed another man during an altercation Monday night.

A dangerousness hearing for Anthony D. Chambers on Wednesday was continued until next Wednesday in Northern Berkshire District Court. Chambers, 33, is facing five charges, including armed assault with intent to murder.

The altercation took place around 9 p.m. outside an apartment building on Winter Street in Adams. According to the criminal complaint, four people were involved, including Chambers and the victim, Jai Marshall, 25.

When police arrived, Chambers had allegedly run off over a pedestrian bridge. He was later located in a residence with several others on Winter Street. The Berkshire County Special Response Team was called in, and a negotiator convinced Chambers and the others to come out. Chambers was detained without further incident. There were no other arrests.

According to the court documents, none of the witnesses at the scene would cooperate with the investigation. The victim also declined to cooperate and refused to identify his assailant.

Adams Police were assisted by the Massachusetts State Police.

Marshall was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield for treatment of an injury that was not life threatening. Chambers is being held at Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction.

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District Attorney Andrea Harrington asked Judge Jennifer Tyne to seal the records in the case to protect the identities of some of the witnesses. The judge agreed.

Chambers is also facing four other charges from an unrelated incident earlier this year. Those charges are kidnapping, extortion by threat of injury, intimidation of a witness/juror/police/court officials, and assault and battery on a family/household member. These charges relate to a series of incidents that occurred between Feb. 1 and March 31.

Earlier Wednesday, Chambers' attorney, Raymond Jacoub, pleaded not guilty to the five charges on his clients' behalf. There was no information available on the details of the incidents that led to the earlier charges.

The assault with intent to murder charge will require an indictment by a grand jury and proceedings in Berkshire County Superior Court.

During the dangerousness hearing Wednesday, Harrington noted that a black-and-red knife serrated on both edges with blood on it was secured by police, and they believe it is the weapon that was used by Chambers in the altercation.

Jacoub maintained that this could be a case of self-defense, arguing against probable cause for a dangerousness ruling. Judge Tyne continued the dangerousness hearing until it could be reconvened on Sept. 4.

Scott Stafford can be reached at sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or 413-629-4517.


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