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Affidavit reveals details of violent episode at Elliot ER
The event left hospital security guard, Lawrence Bolduc with serious facial injuries — including lacerations, trauma to the eye socket, scrapes and bruises, the affidavit alleges. Ornelas, 54, of 54 Lancaster Ave., also suffered "significant," unspecified facial injuries. Both men were treated in the emergency room, according to hospital and police accounts.
Ornelas kept punching Bolduc, a retired state trooper, in the face as the officer tried to shield himself from the blows and forced Ornelas to the floor. Ornelas pulled the officer on top of him as he continued to fight and pummel Bolduc in the face, the affidavit alleges. Bolduc used pepper spray and exchanged blows to restrain Ornelas as additional security officers and Rondeau arrived. Together they were able to restrain him, according to the affidavit filed Friday in court.
Asked if there is a potential conflict of interest in having Manchester police investigate their department's actions along with those of Hillsborough County corrections staff, LaFrance stressed state police are leading the probe.
Elliot Hospital said it does not know how Ornelas sustained the injuries that resulted in his being returned to the hospital in serious medical condition Oct. 17. They have defended the actions of security officer Bolduc, saying Bolduc followed his training and protected the lives of patients and staff.
Meanwhile, Hillsborough County House of Corrections Superintendent David Dionne appears to have abandoned his plans to conduct an internal investigation and time line of events.
The Hillsborough County Commissioners and Dionne agreed that the investigation should be done by the Attorney General's Office, said Toni Pappas, who chairs the three-member board that met Wednesday.
The portion of the daily court docket prepared by Manchester police for Oct. 18 shows police planned to upgrade the charge against Ornelas to felony second-degree assault and drop the misdemeanor assault charge. Police later said this was an error. There is no record in Manchester District Court of a felony charge being filed against Ornelas.
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