On Friday, March 10th in Berkshire Superior Court Joshua Lofink was found guilty on all counts- 2 counts of Mayhem; 2 counts of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon causing Serious Bodily Injury ( Knife); and 2 counts of Vandalism (slashing tires on a car). Lofink (a resident of Pittsfield in his late 30s) has an extensive criminal history in Massachusetts, Connecticut and California. Sentencing will take place on Tuesday, March 14th. Honorable Judge Agostini presided.
On September 16, 2021, at 10:30pm police were dispatched to the area of Tyler Street and Curtis Terrace for the report of a stabbing. When the officers arrived, they noted that there were several vehicles in the roadway and two male victims with stab wounds who were identified as Ernest Ferry and Jamie Hassan. Both victims sustained serious injuries and were immediately transferred to Berkshire Medical Center. Two vehicles involved in the incident had their tires slashed.
The injuries sustained by Ferry and Hassan were so severe that they continue to affect their daily lives. Many bystanders at the scene assisted in both helping the victims and bringing attention to the area Lofink fled following the incident. Some victims and witnesses who testified feared for their safety, however, their cooperation helped justice be served.
District Attorney Shugrue thanks the victims and witnesses for their cooperation and commends the jury for their service.
The Pittsfield Police Department led the investigation. Assistant District Attorney Amy Winston represented the Commonwealth. Victim Witness Advocates Tarra Jones-Nutting and Jason Pilot supported the victims and witnesses throughout the investigation and trial.