PITTSFIELD -- A Boston man who allegedly stabbed a cab driver during an attempted robbery after being driven 100 miles continues to be held on $500,000 bail.
Berthony Jean Baptiste, 21, of Harrison Avenue, took a Yellow Cab Co. taxi on Sept. 9 from Hartford, Conn., to Brayton Hill Terrace in North Adams, where he allegedly pulled a knife on the driver and tried to stab him through the taxi's Plexiglas partition. He cut the driver's hand and made off with his cellphone, police said.
Baptiste had already paid the driver $240 for the ride, police said.
He was arrested two days later by the North Adams police, who were able to track him down through the stolen cellphone, police said.
Baptiste pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to single counts of felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault to rob and larceny over $250. Judge John A. Agostini maintained Baptiste's bail at $50,000 cash or $500,000 surety bail, the same amount set at Baptiste's arraignment last month in district court.
According to First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello, Baptiste is still being held without bail after having his bail revoked from an earlier Somerville case. He has about a month left before he will legally be able to post bail on the new case. The judge ordered Baptiste not to have contact with the alleged victim if released from jail.
Baptiste's lawyer, Jill Sheldon, asked the court to have her client examined to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for February.