Pittsfield man faces charges of hitting, choking pregnant woman

PITTSFIELD — A city man is facing charges for allegedly choking and beating a pregnant woman and threatening to "shoot the face off" of one of her friends.

Edward K. Chapman, 51, allegedly grabbed the woman by the throat early Sunday afternoon and pushed her against a heater inside her apartment, and then against a wall, she told police. The second time he grabbed her hard enough to restrict her breathing.

He's also accused of slapping the woman in the face, hitting her in the eye.

A neighbor and a relative of Chapman's tried to pull him off of the woman and told him to stop, according to police.

The woman, who is more than eight months pregnant, told police she was in fear for her life, and was seeking assistance getting her belongings out of the residence and finding a place to stay in the meantime.

A medical exam found the unborn baby was unharmed, but the woman may have bruising in her throat.

Police found Chapman on Prospect Street, where he was arrested without incident.

Chapman denied the allegations and told police he believed the victim was upset because he had recently told her she needed to move out by the beginning of September and that he was going to stop covering her expenses.

Chapman admitted to a verbal argument with the woman the day before the alleged assault, police said.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to charges of strangulation or suffocation of a pregnant victim, aggravated assault and battery and domestic assault and battery.

Judge Paul Smyth ordered him to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Monday, to determine whether bail should be set.

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


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