ADAMS -- A local man pleaded not guilty to an assault charge in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday after allegedly pulling a knife on two men walking their dogs in the Greylock Glen.
Thomas R. McKeon, 54, of East Hoosac Street, was arraigned on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 16.
According to a police report, a man called police at about 8:27 a.m. on Thursday to report someone had pulled a knife on him while he was walking his dogs in the area of the upper pond at the Greylock Glen. He said one dog was on a leash, and the other wasn't on a leash and was running loose.
Upon the arrival of two Adams police officers, the man reporting the event further stated that the man who had the knife was near the pond fishing, and that the man had initially complained about his dog running loose. The reporting party was quoted in the report saying that the man yelled at him that he didn't want the dog to urinate on his bag.
According to the report, the reporting party then left the area and called his brother, who met him at the Greylock Glen, and they returned to the upper pond with the dogs. The man started yelling at the two brothers, and then pulled a hunting knife from its case, looked at them and said, "this is the way this is going to be," and slammed the knife into a table, the report stated.
The police officers went to the upper pond where they found McKeon, who matched the description of the man given by the two brothers. According to the report, McKeon saw the two officers, put his fishing pole down, and walked toward them with his head down and his hands behind his back, the report stated. He then yelled that he was harassed by two other people, and knew the police were harassing him, the report said.
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