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Teens’ acquaintances surprised at charges

  • In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Adam Licciardi, 18, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass.  Licciardi is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh)

    In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Adam Licciardi, 18, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass. Licciardi is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh) Purchase photo reprints »

  • In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Emmanuel Bile, 18, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass.  Bile is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh)

    In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Emmanuel Bile, 18, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass. Bile is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh) Purchase photo reprints »

  • In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Caleb Womack, 17, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass.  Womack is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh)

    In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Caleb Womack, 17, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass. Womack is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh) Purchase photo reprints »

  • In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Justin King, 18, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass.  King is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh)

    In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Justin King, 18, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass. King is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh) Purchase photo reprints »

  • In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Adam Licciardi, 18, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass.  Licciardi is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh)
  • In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Emmanuel Bile, 18, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass.  Bile is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh)
  • In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Caleb Womack, 17, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass.  Womack is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh)
  • In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Justin King, 18, of Pittsfield, Mass, appears for arraignment on rape charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass.  King is one of four Pittsfield teens accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst, Mass., dorm room on Oct. 13. The four pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh)

Before his arrest on the rape charge Friday, Adam T. Liccardi, 18, was already facing a felony charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly running a man down with his car during an argument in August 2011.

Liccardi, along with 18-year-olds Emmanuel Bile Jr. and Justin King and 17-year-old Caleb Womack, are being held on $10,000 cash or $100,000 bond following their arraignments Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown on rape charges. All four were arrested separately in Pittsfield on Friday and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police say the teens, who are not UMass students, sexually assaulted an 18-year-old UMass student they knew in the early morning hours of Oct. 13.

Bile, of Garfield Street, attended Herberg Middle School, where he made the honor roll several semesters. He graduated from Pittsfield High School in 2011.

A Pittsfield High student who remembered Bile described him on Tuesday as a “nice, smart kid, who was always friendly.”

One Pittsfield High student said he heard about the assault during history class and was “shocked” to hear Bile was arrested in connection with an alleged rape.

A Garfield Street neighbor decribed Bile as “a good kid” who had “just fell into the wrong crowd.”

It’s not clear if Liccardi, King and Womack graduated high school in Pittsfield.

Womack’s family is originally from Connecticut, according to The Republican newspaper in Springfield. Womack’s attorney told The Eagle that his client is on an academic scholarship to Springfield Technical Community College.

A New Hampshire Avenue neighbor described Liccardi as “a quiet kid that kept mostly to himself.”

“We’d nod and wave polietly in passing but that was about it,” another neighbor said.

Neighbors said Liccardi and Bile were often seen together in the New Hampshire Avenue neighborhood. Few details could be obtained about King and Womack, including where they lived in Pittsfield.

Liccardi’s other case stems from an alleged attack on a Lee man on Aug. 18, 2011, at the end of New Hampshire Avenue near Tyler Street Extension. Around 10 that night, Pittsfield Police responded to the area and found Richard M. Crapo lying injured on a curb.

Police say Liccardi fled the scene, but returned and spoke with them. Liccardi told authorities that a group of people — including Crapo — cornered him because he owed them money. Liccardi said he got scared, and when he was trying to get away, he accidentally drove his 2005 Hyundai Elantra into Crapo. Witnesses said Liccardi hit Crapo intentionally.

Liccardi has pleaded not guilty to a single count of assault and battery with the car and was out on personal recognizance at the time of the alleged rape. He is scheduled for a Feb. 19 Jury of Six trial in Central Berkshire District Court in the assault and battery case.

Crapo, who is now 35, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where his injuries were treated.

King and Womack show no criminal records listed at Central Berkshire Berkshire District in Pittsfield.

On Tuesday, Bile’s attorney, David Pixley, discussed Monday’s arraignment before Judge Mary Hurley in which he and attorney Raymond J. Jacoub, representing Womack, asked the judge to recuse herself, believing she had already made her mind up about bail before hearing the defense attorney’s arguments.

The judge wouldn’t go along with a bail agreement between the defense attorneys and the Northwestern district attorney’s office and stated as much before the defense attorneys had a chance to argue the request. The judge called the circumstances presented at the arraignment “an egregious recounting of the facts.”

“I felt we didn’t get a fair hearing,” Pixley said.

According to Jacoub, Womack “maintains his innocence,” and has no criminal record.

The attorney said that at Monday’s arraignment he asked the judge to consider a lower bail since Womack “posed no threat to the complaining witness” or the community and wasn’t a flight risk.

Besides setting bail for the defendants, the judge ordered each to wear a GPS tracking device if any post bail. All four remain in jail.

The alleged victim was granted an emergency restraining order against the four teens. A hearing to extend the order is scheduled for Nov. 1.

Both Pixley and Jacoub are from Berkshire County and are being privately retained. They said they were still discussing whether to move for a Superior Court bail review.

According to a court clerk at Eastern Hampshire District Court, the files related to this case have been impounded by the judge. The Eagle was told by the clerk that none of the documents will be made available unless a motion is filed, heard in court and approved by the judge. The Eagle has filed a motion and it could be heard as soon as Nov. 1.

The defendants are scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 10, but the case is expected to go to Superior Court.

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