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Dalton Man Accused of Kidnapping, Shooting Pittsfield Man
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:51PM / Friday, May 10, 2024
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Dalton man was arrested on Thursday evening after allegedly kidnapping and shooting another man.

Nicholas Lighten, 35, was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday on multiple charges including kidnapping with a firearm and armed assault with intent to murder. He was booked in Dalton around 11:45 p.m. the previous night.

There was heavy police presence Thursday night in the area of Lighten's East Housatonic Street home before his arrest.

Shortly before 7 p.m., Dalton dispatch received a call from the Pittsfield Police Department requesting that an officer respond to Berkshire Medical Center. Adrian Mclaughlin of Pittsfield claimed that he was shot in the leg by Lighten after an altercation at the defendants home. Mclaughlin drove himself to the hospital and was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries. 

"We were told that Lighten told Adrian to go down to his basement, where he told Adrian to get down on his knees and pulled out a chain," the police report reads.

"We were told that throughout the struggle with Lighten, Adrian recalls three gunshots."

Dalton PD was advised that Pittsfield had swabbed Mclaughlin for DNA because he reported biting Lighten. A bite mark was later found on Lighten's shoulder. 

Later that night, the victim reportedly was "certain, very certain" that Lighten was his assailant when shown a photo array at the hospital.

According to Dalton Police, an officer was stationed near Lighten's house in an unmarked vehicle and instructed to call over the radio if he left the residence. The Berkshire County Special Response Team was also contacted.

Lighten was under surveillance at his home from about 7:50 p.m. to about 8:40 p.m. when he left the property in a vehicle with Massachusetts plates. Another officer initiated a high-risk motor vehicle stop with the sergeant and response team just past Mill Street on West Housatonic Street, police said, and traffic was stopped on both sides of the road.

Lighten and a passenger were removed from the vehicle and detained. Police reported finding items including a brass knuckle knife, three shell casings wrapped in a rubber glove, and a pair of rubber gloves on him.

The response team entered Lighten's home at 43 East Housatonic before 9:30 p.m. for a protective sweep and cleared the residence before 9:50 p.m., police said. The residence was secured for crime scene investigators.

Lighten was reportedly transported back to Dalton PD and had pictures taken of his injuries including a scratch from the corner of his right eye to approximately his hairline, a raised red mark with apparently broken skin on his lower right shoulder blade, and a fresh wound in his right outer shoulder that appeared to be a bite pattern.

He is charged with armed (firearm) kidnapping; armed assault to murder; carry of dangerous weapon (brass knuckles); assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; firearm discharge within 500 feet of a building; firearm violation with one prior violent drug crime; possession of a firearm without FID Card; possession of a firearm in felony, subsequent offense; possession of ammunition without an FID Card and Class B drug possession.
Lighten is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Wednesday, May 15. In the alternative, he will be held on $500,000 bail.
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