Pittsfield man charged with hurting 2 women by punching through glass door after argument

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PITTSFIELD — A city man who prosecutors say has a "history of violence" is facing charges for punching through a glass door during an argument and injuring two women, one of whom was treated at the hospital for glass in her eye.

Joshua D. Desnoyers, 27, is out on bail after his arraignment on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Desnoyers apparently got into a dispute with the women shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday at an apartment on Columbus Avenue, according to court documents.

After the women closed and locked the glass door, Desnoyers punched it, causing it to shatter, one of the women told police.

Both women suffered cuts; one was transported to Berkshire Medical Center to have a piece of glass removed from her eye.

Desnoyers had left the area before police arrived, but officers were given information that led them to Linden Street, where Desnoyers was found on a backyard deck and arrested.

He pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of vandalizing property.

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Prosecutors sought to have Desnoyers held on $500 bail, based on what they called his "history of violence" and a failure to appear for a court appearance.

Attorney Gregory Barry downplayed the state's characterization of the accusations and Desnoyers' record.

He asked Judge Mark J. Pasquariello to consider releasing Desnoyers on personal recognizance, with conditions including staying away from and having no contact with the victims.

Barry noted Desnoyers only had one instance of defaulting on a court appearance from a 2013 case that was ultimately dismissed. And while he acknowledged his client punched the glass door, he said he did not mean to shatter it.

He said the state hadn't demonstrated Desnoyers was a flight risk and said, considering his financial circumstances, setting the recommended $500 bail, would effectively mean his client would be held in custody until his case went to trial.

Pasquariello said some bail was appropriate under the circumstances, and set Desnoyers' bail at $500, which was posted Tuesday afternoon.

Desnoyers is due back in court on May 21 for a pretrial hearing.

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


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