Murder investigation underway in Pittsfield

October 16, 2018 12:41 PM

PITTSFIELD, MA  – One person is in custody for lying to police in the ongoing investigation of the stabbing death of a city barber, investigators said.

William Catalano, 34, was found stabbed multiple times around 5:30 p.m. Monday. He died at Berkshire Medical Center at 7 p.m., according to the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office.

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"Super-passionate about being a barber and taking care of his customers,” said Steve Vilot, owner of Sim’s Barber Shop on Dalton Ave. where Catalano worked for the past eight years. He added: “He was always talking about his kids. That was a big topic of his day."

Catalano’s fiancé Lindsay Roucoulet and a friend arrived outside the scene of the crime on Robbins Ave. Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. With tears in her eyes, she clutched a photo of Catalano and their daughter, who is now four. They also have a six-month old boy. Roucoulet also has a 10-year old boy and 8-year old girl. She says he treated all the kids the same – with a big heart.

"The first thing he would do is come in the door and say I'm home and the kids would run up to him,” Roucoulet said. “He's just a selfless person. He would do anything for anybody."

Monday was his day off. Roucoulet says he came to the house on Robbins Ave. for a housecall haircut and something went wrong. The house has lots of surveillance cameras. But after an argument and a fight, people scattered. Catalano was left lying there.

“This is a neighborhood that’s very active for us, we’ve had some recent activity that we don’t believe was related to tonight’s incident, the residents at this house have been very cooperative,” said Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn on Monday evening. “We request anybody who has additional information or if anyone saw anything at approximately 5:30 to contact Pittsfield police detectives at 413-448-9705.”

“I don't know if people assumed he had money on him and tried to jump him,” Roucoulet said. “There was a bunch of different people that were involved. I don't know the logistics of it, the whole exactly what happened."

She plans on sprinkling some of his ashes atop Mt. Greylock, where they had planned to get married. She also wants to make lockets for the kids to keep a part of Catalano with them.


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