An Adams man is due back in court March 26 on an assault charge after he allegedly slashed a man during a dispute, causing a deep gash to the victim's arm.

The Berkshire Eagle reports Joseph Martin, 25, of Leh's Lane, allegedly stabbed Wes Ouimet in a parking lot near Friend Street.

Police initially received a call 10:49 a.m. Feb. 28, reporting that a man with a laceration on his arm was walking near the 7-Eleven store on Columbia Street.

Officers did not find the man on Columbia Street, but were waved down near the Renfrew Skate Park by two men who said they heard yelling from across the street and then saw someone run behind houses on the west side of Friend Street.

An officer then heard yelling and followed the sound to the back of a Friend Street row house, where he found Ouimet with a towel wrapped around his arm. Ouimet acknowledged that he had just been stabbed, but police described him as "extremely evasive" and uncooperative.

Ouimet suffered a 2-inch gash that appeared to reach as deep as the bone, according to police, who described him as unsteady on his feet because of a loss of blood. He also suffered a 1-inch cut on his hand.

Adams Police initially were unable to locate Martin, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on March 9 to a single count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Judge William Rota ordered him held on $200 cash bail and scheduled a pretrial hearing for March 26.


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