Foul play suspected as 3 men missing
One was witness in robbery trial
Western Massachusetts authorities are considering the possibility of foul play as they search for three missing Pittsfield men, including a key witness in a criminal case against a ranking member of the local Hells Angels chapter.
The three men - David Glasser, 44, Edward Frampton, 58, and Robert Chadwell, 47 - have been missing since Aug. 27, or early the following morning, about the time Tropical Storm Irene hit New England. Pittsfield Police Captain Patrick Barry said their last known location was the apartment they shared on Linden Street, and one of their relatives filed a missing persons report Aug. 31.
Authorities from several law enforcement agencies searched the men’s neighborhood and the Pittsfield State Forest during the past few days, but found nothing.
Glasser was expected to testify this month in the robbery, assault, and kidnapping trial of Adam Lee Hall, the reputed sergeant at arms of the Berkshire County chapter of the Hells Angels.
Authorities allege Hall believed Glasser stole an automobile carburetor from him in 2009 and retaliated by threatening Glasser, beating him with a baseball bat, and forcing Glasser to give him his car. Hall also is accused of trying to frame Glasser by getting a female associate to accuse Glasser of robbing her at gunpoint, in an effort to prevent Glasser from testifying against him. Charges against Glasser were dismissed.
Hall has pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to charges including kidnapping, assault, witness intimidation, extortion, cocaine distribution, and weapons crimes. He had been free on bail but was arrested Sunday on extortion and child pornography charges related to inappropriate photos of a 16-year-old girl.
Hall was arraigned on the new charges yesterday in the Berkshire court. A judge ordered him held on $1 million bail, and his case was continued to Oct. 3. He is scheduled to go on trial on the other charges Sept. 19.
William Rota, Hall’s lawyer, said his client denies all the allegations and looks forward to his trial. Asked about Glasser and the other two men missing at the same time, Rota said he did not know what to make of it.
Barry and Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless would not comment on any possible ties between Hall and the disappearance of the three men but said they could not rule out foul play.
“It’s now well past a week and other information we have indicates that this was not just a matter of them leaving for parts unknown,’’ Capeless said yesterday. He declined to elaborate.
Barry said the three men have not made any banking or credit card transactions and have not been in contact with their relatives since they vanished. He also said there were no signs of a struggle at their apartment.
“These guys are local people,’’ Barry said. “They hung around their apartment all the time, and there’s been no indication since they went missing that they’re out and about.’’