Man who suffered broken neck after arrest for hospital attack ordered released 'forthwith'
Ornelas' attorney, Andrew Winters of Concord, filed an agreement that was accepted by the Manchester Circuit Court on Friday that calls for Ornelas to be released on $15,000 personal recognizance bail — which means Ornelas does not have to pay bail or post a bond to be released, but would face a $15,000 fine should he not show up for court proceedings — "forthwith" and that he will sign paperwork within 24 hours of being released from a Boston hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries. The agreement was signed by Winters and Manchester police Capt. Robert Cunha.
Bolduc, a retired New Hampshire State Police trooper, and Ornelas were treated in the emergency room for "significant" facial injuries. Ornelas then was "medically cleared" and released to the custody of Manchester police, according to police and hospital accounts. Police said Ornelas arrived at headquarters about 11 p.m. for booking, which was uneventful. Police said he refused the services of a bail commissioner, so no bail was set for him when he was taken to Valley Street jail about midnight Oct. 17.
Family members have said they have received no word on how Ornelas was injured. Manchester police have said nothing "inappropriate" occurred when Ornelas was in booking.
"We know that at some point Mr. Ornelas was transported back to Elliot Hospital in serious condition. He was then transported to an out of state hospital with serious injuries," she said in the release.