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North Adams Transcript

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- A Boston man is being held on $50,000 cash bail or $500,000 surety bond after being arrested for allegedly attempting to rob a taxi cab driver with a knife outside the Brayton Hill Apartments Monday night.

Berthony Jean-Baptiste, 21, of Harrison Avenue, Boston, was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday by city officers following up on tips received after a "Code Red" warning, including a description of the suspect involved in the attempted armed robbery, was issued by the North Adams Police Department on Monday.

According to a release, officers went to Brayton Hill Terrace on Tuesday, where they made contact with a male fitting the description of the suspect.

"The officers were able to confirm multiple matching descriptors and and developed probable cause for the arrest," the release said.

Jean-Baptiste was charged with armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, to wit a knife, and larceny over $250. He was taken to the North Adams Police Station, where he was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail or $500,000 surety bond by Northern Berkshire District Court Clerk Magistrate Timothy Morey. Jean-Baptiste is expected to be arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court this afternoon.

In addition, Jean-Baptiste was found to have an active arrest warrant issued by the Boston District Court. Jean-Baptiste is alleged to have taken a Yellow Cab Co. taxi from Hartford, Conn.


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To Brayton Hill Terrace and then attempted to rob the driver at knife point at 8:55 p.m. Monday. The driver was able to stop the suspect, who made off with his cell phone. North Adams Police Officers were assisted by Massachusetts State Police Troopers from the Community Action Team (CAT Team) in a search for the suspect on Monday.

North Adams officers have been following up on leads generated by the Cod Red message system on Tuesday. Assistance was also provided by the Greater Hartford Transit District, Amtrak Security, and the Yellow Cab Company of Hartford, Conn.

"This was a great team effort by the North Adams Police and the State Police to take this suspect into custody," Mayor Richard J. Alcombright said in the release. "Our ‘Code Red’ system proved helpful in the resulting leads furnished by residents that led to the arrest. Our Public Safety officials and officers maintain a very high level of commitment to the safety of our residents."