North Adams Transcript
NORTH ADAMS -- Authorities have arrested three more suspects and a warrant has been issued for another in connection to a brawl and stabbing on Union Street that left a city man with eight knife wounds.
The warrant and latest arrests bring the total to seven suspects in the altercation that took place in front of the Artery Lounge in the early morning hours of June 15.
According to court documents, Quintin J. Sumpter, 24, of John Street in Pittsfield, is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and is being held on $6,500 bail; Johnny Nieves, 38, of Burbank Street in Pittsfield, is charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault and battery and is being held on $5,000 bail; and Steven A. Sumpter, 19, of John Street in Pittsfield, is charged with assault and battery and is being held on $2,500 bail.
Davon R. Fitts, 31, of Montgomery Avenue in Pittsfield, has yet to be apprehended. The warrant issued for Fitts’ arrest accuses him of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The three new arrested suspects were arraigned this week in Northern Berkshire District Court and are being held at Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction, bringing to six the number of inmates there on charges related to the case.
Police used surveillance video from the neighboring Crystal Hard Hat bar on Union Street in issuing charges.
According to police, the footage shows tensions between two groups in a crowd of roughly 30 outside the Artery at closing time devolve into an attack on one individual, 41-year-old city resident Derrick Borum.
Police allege that each of the men charged, except Steven Sumpter, are seen kicking or punching Borum after he was brought to the ground, and one, Pittsfield resident Messiah Grandson -- who was arraigned June 17 on assault charges -- repeatedly stabs him in the buttock and back area.
Borum was treated for eight stab wounds at Berkshire Medical Center and released Monday, June 17.
Steven Sumpter’s charges stem from allegedly initiating a second fight by "striking out" at another man in the crowd, who wasn’t injured.
North Adams Police investigators said interviews with the suspects, victim and multiple witnesses supplemented close viewings of the Crystal Hard Hat footage. Samples of the numerous blood trails at the scene were also analyzed by Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services.
Others who suffered injuries during the fight included Brandon Green and Brittany Gresser. Green -- arraigned June 17 on assault charges for allegedly participating in the attack -- was treated at North Adams Regional Hospital for a knife wound to the leg and Gresser for a forehead laceration from being hit with a bottle.
According to a police reports, Gresser claimed not to know who hit her.
The police report goes on to say Fitts, Green and both Sumpters arrived at North Adams Commons on Franklin Street in a Range Rover after the altercation seeking treatment for Green’s leg injury and were escorted to the hospital by nursing home staff.
By then, police had arrived at NARH -- having been alerted by staff -- and arrested Green after his wound was treated. The others were released, and later arrested as the investigation progressed.
Also in the case, Donnell McFarland, of Pittsfield, was arraigned on assault charges on Tuesday.
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