Police: A home invasion, a 'thank you' - and two arrests

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PITTSFIELD — They entered the house uninvited, threatened the residents and punched one in the face, and stole about 21 grams of marijuana.

Then they said "thank you," and left.

And now they are facing charges.

Anthony Jackson, 26, of the Bronx, N.Y., and Charece Boatwright, 29, of Pittsfield, arrived at the Burbank Street home about 11:15 a.m. Sunday and asked for one of the residents, according to a police report. They were told the person they were looking for was sleeping, but they would check and closed the door.

The two allegedly opened the door, entered the house and went upstairs.

Boatwright and Jackson went into an upstairs bedroom, and Jackson, who had identified himself as "Eddie," showed a handgun tucked in his waistband and asked where his money was, police said.

Jackson continued to demand the $170 he said he was owed and threatened to shoot everyone in the house if he didn't get his money when he returned Tuesday, and threatened to "clap" (shoot) them if they weren't quiet, police said. Jackson also threatened to shoot them if they called police.

Boatwright then allegedly punched one of the female witnesses in the face, causing her nose to bleed.

Boatwright and Jackson took the marijuana with them as they left, according to police.

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One of the victims recognized Boatwright and showed police a photo of her and a man, who identified himself as Eddie, who was later identified as Jackson.

Police spotted the two walking on Linden Street about 12:15 p.m. Monday. Jackson matched the appearance of the man in the photo provided to police and was wearing clothing similar to that described by the witnesses.

Boatwright was taken into custody, but Jackson fled when officers approached, tossing a black and silver pellet gun as he ran, and continued through the parking lot of the Dery Funeral Home, where a service was underway.

Jackson continued to Northrup Street, where he stopped in the middle of the road and was arrested at gunpoint, police said. He complained of chest pains after being taken into custody, and was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Boatwright pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of home invasion, armed robbery and threatening to commit a crime. Judge Robert Santaniello set her bail at $500.

Jackson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of disturbing the peace, disturbing a funeral service, home invasion, armed robbery, threatening to commit a crime and witness intimidation.

His bail was set at $1,000.

Both are due back in court April 24 for pretrial hearings.

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


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